An experienced artist from Warminster has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for his latest oil painting, which will be on display in a London gallery in March.

Martin Yeoman, of West Street, is one of 80 artists whose work was shortlisted among the 1,100 who entered this year’s Lynn Painter-Stainers Award, which will see the winner take home £ 15,000.

The 63-year-old oil canvas painting, named Sophia after the model, will be on display in the galleries of the Mall at the Mall from March 6 to 18.

He said: “I found out that I had been shortlisted a week ago and I was delighted.

“But I’m also trying not to go overboard at the moment because there are a lot of fantastic artists competing and it’s very difficult to please a panel of judges who all have different tastes.

“I used to be very cynical and thought these competitions were useless unless I won, but now I recognize that they are a fantastic way to showcase my work even if I don’t win.

“I can’t wait to see my work hanging in the gallery; it always looks very different when it’s next to the work of other artists.

Mr Yeoman, who has a 19-year-old son, has painted professionally for 40 years and has won 10 awards, the first in 1976 and the most recent in 2016.

“It took around 15 hours to paint Sophia, with seven separate sessions lasting around two hours each,” Mr. Yeoman added.

“A lot of people don’t appreciate that being a role model is very difficult; they have to stay completely focused throughout and that can take a very long time. ”

The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize for Figurative and Figurative Art offers a total prize of £ 30,000, with a top prize of £ 15,000 and a gold medal, a second prize of £ 4,000 and the New People’s Prize worth £ 2,000.

The winners will be selected and announced on March 6 at an event held in the galleries of the mall.


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