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Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize

Celebrating the Fine Art of Representational Painting



Three minutes walk from Mansion House tube station

10 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday, admission free

Short list announced for awards totalling £22,500

Three years ago, the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, in collaboration with the Lynn Foundation, identified a need to encourage creative representational painting and promote the skill of draughtsmanship. Now in its third year, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize champions the wealth of otherwise unseen and underrated art in the UK today.

The following artists and works have been short listed to win the £15,000 first prize and engraved gold medal: The tunnel of love by Dick French, These screens by Poppy Jones, Lord Slynn of Hadley and the sea holly by Jennifer McRae, New life by Benjamin Sullivan, Emma with cactus by Antony Williams, The young Oxford undergraduate by Susan Wilson, and Andrea by Neale Worley. Five runners up prizes of £1,000 and a young artists’ award of £2,500 will also be awarded.

New Life (detail) by Benjamin Sullivan, 2007 short listed prize winner

The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize is pleased to announce a new co-sponsor, Linklaters, and media co-sponsor; The Spectator. Visual art critic of The Spectator, Laura Gascoigne, joined the panel of six judges selecting an exhibition of works from over 800 nationwide submissions. Other judges include artists Ken Howard RA, Daphne Todd OBE PPRP, and BP Portrait Award winner, James Lloyd.

The exhibition of selected works will take place in the Painters’ Hall, 9 Little Trinity Lane, London EC4V 2AD from 21 November to 1 December 2007. A series of events will be organised during the exhibition, full details of which are to be confirmed. Following the London show, The Saint Clair Gallery will show some of the artists represented in the 2007 exhibition in their gallery in Conneticut, USA in Spring 2008


Short list

Dick French studied at the RCA, and has a forthcoming one man show at Gallery 12, London.

Poppy Jones recently graduated from Falmouth College of Arts. Poppy won a runner up award in last year’s Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize.

Jennifer McRae won first prize in The Hunting Art Prize in 1998. She has works in the National, and Scottish National Portrait Galleries.

Benjamin Sullivan has won several awards with the NEAC, and Royal Society of Portrait Painters, to both of which he is a member.

Antony Williams R.P P.S exhibits regularly in the BP Portrait Awards and RA Summer Exhibitions. He has works in the National Portrait Gallery and Queen’s College Oxford.

Susan Wilson was born and grew up in New Zealand. She taught at Chelsea School of Art from 1988-93.

Neale Worley has won previous prizes with the NEAC, of which he is a member. He has paintings in the collection of HRH The Prince of Wales


The 2007 panel includes the following judges:

Laura Gascoigne Art critic for The Spectator

Ken Howard RA Artist

Francis Kyle Gallery owner

James Lloyd Artist

Daphne Todd OBE Artist, Past President RP

Andrew Wilton Visiting research fellow, Tate Britain

Ian Fair, a Trustee of the Lynn Foundation, acts as non-voting Chairman of the panel

The Sponsors

The Painter-Stainers’ Company

Formed in 1502 by the amalgamation of companies in existence before 1283, the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers is actively engaged in supporting the art and craft of painting. With a strong commitment to fine art, the Painters’ Company Charity is delighted to sponsor this annual prize in conjunction with the Lynn Foundation.

The Lynn Foundation

The Lynn Foundation is a charity devoted to children, the disabled, music, and the arts. Its contribution as co-sponsor is the prize money totalling £22,500 and an engraved gold medal for the winner of the first prize.

The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize is also supported by Linklaters and The Spectator

For further information and images of previous winning entries contact:

Hannah Leonard on 01372 462190 or