Mark Elsmore

By markelsmore, Jul 27 2014 06:31PM

2014 marks my fourteenth successful year of selection for the Smith & Williamson Sunday Times Watercolour Competetion. This year the judges were Sarah Armstrong Jones (Artist), Desmond Shawe-Taylor CVO (Surveyor of the Queen's pictures), Ben Ravenscroft (Artist) and Louis Wise (Critic & Writer, The Sunday Times).


This year I'm pleased to inform that two paintings have been selected, "Stairway to Heaven" and "Dredger".


Approximately 100 works will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London, 15 - 20 September 2014 and then the exhibition goes to Guildford House Gallery and will tour the offices of Smith & Williamson, October 2014 - January 2015.


‘Dredger’ reminds us about world resources and environmental issues. Random patterns have been baked into mud by an ever thirsty sun. There is a stark beauty and yet awful realisation that nature is at a premium. Water is scarce and precious, this scene man made. A ladder invites us down into the dredger; the situation is not hopeless and we still have the ability to change matters. We alter the world when we dredge the earth.

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