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Sky Arts Names their Landscape Artist of the Year

For the last several years, A. Richard Allen has been tucked away in his studio and hard at work. After years of building a successful career as a commercial illustrator, he found himself itching for a change and ready to embrace the next challenge. Interestingly, this period of growth revolved around reconnecting with one of his first loves – oil painting – and this personal creative journey was recently rewarded in a rather unique way: by competing on a UK television show and walking away with the grand prize.

Image by A. Richard Allen:

A. Richard Allen, "Petworth Lower Pond"

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As Richard explains it, “The show, Landscape Artist of the Year 2016, (on Sky Arts in the UK and to be shown at some point in 2017 in the US and Australia) pits seven artists against each other over four hours to paint a particular view. Winners from these six heats plus one Wildcard made it through to the semi-final. From there three progressed into the final and did an additional commission piece in the meantime. This piece along with the final four hour piece was used in judging the winner. And that, friends, was me.”

That was him!

Particularly when we consider the fact that Richard was ultimately exploring and developing a new voice and direction, his jump was a bold one. “From not exhibiting my work in any meaningful way over the last four years of painting to taking part in a series of timed, judged, competitive challenges, all the time being filmed for TV, was perhaps a little perverse. Particularly as conventional landscapes and painting en plein air simply haven’t been part of my practice.”

Images by A. Richard Allen:

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But happily, he not only made it out alive, but also with a wonderful affirmation of his work. As a condition of winning, he undertook a commission for the National Trust of the Petworth House, which is also home to an outstanding collection including pieces by Turner, Gainsborough, Bosch, Claude, and Titian. This lead rather notably to the estate’s offer to exhibit his work starting March 25, 2017.

“Fortune favors the bold,” they say – well that certainly seems to be the case today. Congratulations, Richard, on this tremendous accomplishment and adventure!

Image by A Richard Allen:

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Stowen, Margate, Urquhart Castle, Aberdulais, A Richard's original entry A. Richard Allen at work

Hold your Horses! Sylvie Daigneault Also Announced as CQ 45 Winner

It seems our blogmistress became so excited while making yesterday’s Creative Quarterly 45 announcement that she’d forgotten to include Sylvie Daingeault’s beautiful suite of imagery. Apologies, Sylvie!

Images by Sylvie Daigneault:

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Sylvie Daingeault Night at the Opera

This gorgeous series was selected as a ‘runner up’ in the Fine Art category. Congratulations, Sylvie!

Creative Quarterly 45 – the Results Are In

The judges at Creative Quarterly are known for their discerning tastes, and so it is with great pride that we announce Anson Liaw and Josée Bisaillon’s inclusion in issue 45!

Anson Liaw’s personal piece “49 Tears Forever,” which was inspired by the tragic shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, had two color variations accepted as ‘runner ups’ in the professional illustration category:

Images by Anson Liaw:

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And Josée Bisaillon had two pieces from her “Biodiversity” series accepted, one as a ‘winner’:

"Biodiversity," honored by Creative Quarterly

and the other as a ‘runner up’:

"Biodiversity," selected by Creative Quarterly

Congratulations, Anson and Josée! And thank you to our friends and colleagues at Creative Quarterly for the distinction.

More Excitement from 3×3 – Merit Awards for Valeria Petrone

Ladies and gentlemen, it appears we may have made Carlo Giambarresi’s 3×3 announcement a bit prematurely yesterday, as the contest has honored not one but TWO of our fabulous Italians!

Images by Valeria Petrone:

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The above illustrations were both awarded “merits” and will be reproduced in the fabulous 3×3 Annual.

Congratulations, Valeria!

Creative Quarterly Update: We Have Another Runner Up!

It seems we allowed our excitement regarding Sylvie Daigneault’s acknowledgement from Creative Quarterly to get the better of us, as we should have waited just a few hours to learn that Anson Liaw was also included in the latest batch of winners! Take a look at his awesome image, “You Had Me at Popcorn,” which was selected as a runner up:

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Congratulations, Anson!

Huge News from Pete Ryan

Since the beginning, we have been huge fans of Pete Ryan’s sense of humor and visual puns. His amazing wit and clever ideas have been the cornerstone of his work since day one, yet we’ve also enjoyed seeing how his “look” has slowly evolved over the years. It goes without saying that his work is both smart AND aesthetically engaging, and we couldn’t be more excited to learn that a major industry heavyweight just happens to agree.

We’d like to give a massive congratulations to this hardworking artist, who has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators with a silver medal in the editorial category for his piece on being Christian in the city, created for Buzzfeed:

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Any acknowledgement from the Society is an incredible honor, but we’d like to humble-brag and mention that the competition for this particular category is especially fierce. Regardless, Pete’s awesome image was able to rise to the top – and we couldn’t be happier for him.

Congratulations, Pete!

Paul Garland Wins the “Prize for Illustration”!

Paul Garland reached out to us with some very exciting news this week, and we are delighted to be able to share it with you. His striking graphic piece, “Meeting Place,” has won the Prize for Illustration, jointly organized by the Association of Illustrators and Transport for London!

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Paul’s entry centers on the Greenwich Meridian Line and celebrates this important meeting place. In the words of the artist, “I”ll come from the East as you come from the West to the Prime Meridian, Greenwich and we’ll meet each other at the center of world.”

Posters may be purchased in all sizes here – and congratulations, Paul!

Scholarship Opportunities from the Society of Illustrators

Illustration students and educators, take note! The Society of Illustrators has added yet another prestigious scholarship to honor talented, hard-working junior level students.

Many are already familiar with the Zankel scholarship, which awards $10,000 towards the winner’s senior year tuition. But we are very excited to share that there is now a second opportunity for students in the Will Eisner scholarship, which awards $5000.

Schooling is hard enough without having to worry about how to pay for it, and we tip our hats to the Society and its patrons for awarding and commending the next generation of illustrators in such an impactful way.

Teachers, think long and hard about who you know who might be applicable – your vote of confidence could make a profound change in a student’s life.

Image by Raul Colon

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“Creative Quarterly 38” Winners Announced

The celebrated publication “Creative Quarterly” is slated to release its 38th edition, and we are very excited to announce that two talented MGI’ers have been selected for inclusion.

Anson Liaw was delighted to learn that his illustration, “The Perfect Storm,” is a runner up in the ‘professional illustration’ section (personal/unpublished category).

Image by Anson Liaw:

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And Sylvie Daigneault has been honored with not one, but TWO “winners” in the ‘fine art’ category! These images will be reproduced in CQ’s “100 Best Annual”, which we can’t wait to get our hands on.

Images by Sylvie Daigneault:

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Congratulations, Anson and Sylvie!