I met graphic designer Richard Tomlin at a business networking group some years ago. Now he’s semi-retired and spending a lot of time painting portraits, his picture, ‘Nice Shoes’ is currently being exhibited in the Mall Galleries, London. The Columbia Threadneedle Prize claims to showcase the very best in new figurative and representational art. I think there’s some fantastic work on display.
The winner of The Columbia Threadneedle Prize receives £20,000 plus a solo exhibition at Mall Galleries. But there’s also a Visitors’ Choice Award, voted by visitors to the exhibition in London with a prize of £10,000. So if you’re in London near the Mall before 20th February pop-in and vote for number 89!
Richard’s studio is in a building he share’s with a number of other artists in Kingston upon Thames. As he worked on the picture another artist strolled in and looked at it. Richard says his only comment was ‘Nice Shoes’, so that became the title.