A BATLEY artist is through to the final of a prestigious watercolour exhibition and competition.
Tony Noble has one of his paintings included in this year’s Royal Watercolour Society/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition Exhibition, which opens at Bankside Gallery, London on September 9.
His watercolour, entitled ‘Self-portrait study, Redbrick studio, June 2009’ has put him among the top 88 artists exhibiting.
And he’s in line to win the top prize of £12,000 if his entry is selected as a winner by a panel of judges.
Tony said: “I have always enjoyed painting portraits and last year was fortunate enough to get my painting ‘Portrait of my mother-in-law, Anne, and her sister Audrey’ included in the BP Portrait Award Exhibition.
“This year I submitted my most ambitious commission to date, ‘Behind Every Honourable Member – a portrait of Austin Mitchell MP and his wife Linda McDougall at home in Yorkshire’.
“The painting didn’t make it into the BP show, though now the dust has settled I am still hopeful of getting an opportunity to show it in London later in the year.
“So the self-portrait shows me, I hope, putting my disappointment behind me and looking forward to the challenges ahead.
“In the painting I wanted to include my hands as I think the hands can say almost as much about a subject as the face – I like the way they pose questions.”
Tony works from a studio in Redbrick Mill, now a hub of artistic talent.
For more information about Tony visit www.tonynoble-artist.com
The exhibition will run at London’s Bankside Gallery until September 20. Judging is on September 10.