Image: Phoebe-Louise Stewart Carter, ‘Self Portrait in the Winter’
Hear from some of this years prize winners
ahead of the 2024 annual exhibition
Phoebe Stewart Carter:
Winner of ‘The de Laszlo Foundation award’,
sponsored by the de Laszlo Foundation, aims to encourage young artists.
It is worth £3,000 and is awarded, together with a silver medal, to an artist under thirty-five years old judged to have submitted the best portrait.
Exhibiting with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters is always a huge honour. It is such a compliment to be able to hang next to artists I praise and admire, and have the opportunity to connect and meet them; as well as using the exhibition to discover new artists that share the same interest in portraiture.Months after the show, I continue to gain interest in my work from the event, creating a knock-on effect in my career.It is always a triumphant moment when an artwork that you feel truly represents your artistic style is admired by others, and even celebrated. Winning the de Laszlo award this year was not expected, and beyond appreciated. The prize has helped enormously in the funding of new personal projects, assisting me to develop my work in the direction I want to take it. As a relatively young artist, it is incredibly important to have that freedom; I am very grateful to the de Laszlo Foundation for granting me some.-Phoebe Stewart Carter
RP Toby Wiggins:
Winner of The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture is sponsored by Sir Christopher Ondaatje CBE OC and the Ondaatje Foundation, this generous prize of £10,000 plus the Society’s Gold Medal is awarded for the most distinguished portrait of the year.
The Prize was launched in 1995 and took the form of a commission to paint H.M. The Queen, for the Society. From 1996, the Prize has taken the form of a cheque in addition to the Society’s.
Winning the Ondaatje was a significant moment and means a lot especially knowing that it was judged by a panel of highly respected painters and curators who really know about portraiture in the home of portrait painting, the RP.I have the gold medal on the mantelpiece and the painting of ‘Russell Woodham- the Dorset Hedgelayer’ has gone on to be exhibited at a group show called ‘Arbor’ in Dorset and I hope to find more opportunities in 2024 to exhibit it and offer an insight into the world of the hegelayer, so integral to the future of our countryside and I would say not generally known about.I will be exhibiting a quite different group of paintings and drawings at the Highgate Literary and Scientific Society (HLSS) in April 2024 and have various projects for the year ahead besides contiunuing to work on some interesting portrait commissions.-Toby Wiggins RP
Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity… Submit your work for our annual 2024 exhibition now…