I was asked to set the subject and judge the Art Prize again this year which I was delighted to do. I was only so sorry not to be able to travel to St Petersburg to meet with the prize winners in person.
I set the task of creating a portrait using the influence of the Scottish portrait artist Raeburn 1758- 1823. He served as portrait artist to KIng George IV. Raeburn found an intimacy with his sitters, coupled with his use of light his work is quite mesmerizing.
I awarded the first prize to Roman Sasov.