Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Lisa Wright has been awarded the coveted Threadneedle Prize for Painting & Sculpture.
Her oil on canvas The Guiltys Gaze on the Innocent won the Threadneedle Prize alongside Clare McCormack's woodcut portrait Dead Labour / Dead Labourer. This marks the first instance that the £30,000 award has been shared.
Threadneedle commended the "embarrassment, confusion and awkwardness of adolescence" depicted in The Guiltys Gaze on the Innocent and applauded the 16th century portraiture references.
Trained in the classical tradition at the Royal Academy Schools, Lisa won the NOAC prize in 2009, the Hunting Art Prize in 2003 and a recent two-year residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company. A widely exhibited artist, her work has appeared at venues including the Round House, the Beardsmore Gallery, Tate St Ives and within the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Lisa commented on the win, "I am thrilled to be one of this years winners of the Threadneedle Prize. It will make a significant difference at a pivotal point in my career as an artist. The prize has already provided me with a platform to showcase the new paintings."
The Threadneedle Prize is synonymous with excellences in figurative and representational painting and sculpture. Indeed this year's judging panel included a former Selector's Choice Award winner and Falmouth alumnus, Tim Shaw, while foundation alumna Harriet White accompanied Lisa in the final shortlist.
The Guiltys Gaze on the Innocent All will be on display as part of the Threadneedle exhibition showing at the Mall Galleries, London until Saturday 12 October.