Charlie Schaffer was chosen from over 2,000 entries to prestigious competition.
26 Mar 2014
Final year Fine Art Painting student Charlie Schaffer has been chosen as the winning entry from a field of over 2,000 entries for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Young Artist Award 2014, scooping a cash prize of £2,500.
Charlie describes his experience of entering and winning the competition:
“I found out about the competition through Artyfacts, the Faculty of Arts magazine for students produced by Student Services. I had never applied for any competitions before, but decided that being in the final year of my degree, there was no better time than the present (especially with reduced application fees for students!). The application process involved sending off three images online to a judging panel, which in turn replied asking if they could see one of my paintings in real life.”
“My paintings are portraits of people I come into contact every day of my life, and my work is all about creating a relationship with the subject, and therefore all my paintings are done directly from life. This can be a particularly stressful experience, but I feel none can be as rewarding. This genre of painting seems to have gone out of fashion since the ever present role of the camera in our society, but I feel it’s still essential in capturing the sense of the ‘lived experience’, something I feel is unique to painting and portraiture.
The judges selected one of my paintings for exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London during March, which I was more than happy with. I then attended the private view and was told that over 2,000 paintings were entered for judging from which only 78 were chosen for exhibition. I was amazed when I received the Young Artist Award, along with the £2,500 prize money and had the opportunity to meet some impressive people including Ken Howard RA. What really struck me quite strongly was that everyone there was very excited that I was still only 22 and all assumed that I had a studio of my own in London. The Fine Art Painting BA(Hons) course at Brighton has been the best possible course and choice I could have made, I think the prize money is now going to go towards setting me up in a studio in London in order to accommodate sitters so I can further develop my portraiture work. I hope that I’m now at the beginning of a long career as an artist.
The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize was created in 2005 by the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and the Lynn Foundation to encourage the very best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draftsmanship.
View Charlie’s entry alongside the other finalists who were featured on the BBC website.
Image: Antonio by Charlie Schaffer. The winning entry.