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The Royal Arts Prize 2020

Exhibiting from February 20 - 29th


Hosted at La Galleria Pall Mall and The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery

Unit 30, Royal Opera Arcade, 5b Pall Mall, London SW1Y 4UY 

Opening Times:

Monday - Friday  10.30am - 6pm

Saturday                   11am - 4pm

Sunday                             Closed

Private View:          20th February

                               6pm - 8.30pm

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Sveva Altea

Every time we say Goodbye, 120 x 100 cm, Oil on Canvas 

As an artist l started studying painting in London where l attended courses at Central Martins School of Art and then Chelsea College of Art and Design. For a long time, I've been painting only figurative. Then l had a very strong feeling toward the abstraction and an urgency to make a lot of them. In my paintings, I'd like to bring the viewer into an ethereal journey towards the immense mystery of the celestial sphere, as a reflection of the infinite unconscious.

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Catherine Amakars

L. 70 x 100 cm, Ink on Paper

Catherine Amakars' work is a celebration of the female form. Her pieces bring to light the unparalleled beauty and strength of femininity.

Her belief system provides a platform for this observing of the mutual exclusivity of man and woman with a focus on how these two energies coexist. ​


However, her work predominantly focuses on the 'female' sexuality; its growth and how it is quintessentially prevalent in today's society. By celebrating womankind, Amakars is careful not to subvert masculinity, but the toxicity it can often allude to.

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Terry Beard

Wasteland, 100 x 100 cm, Mixed Media on Canvas 

Terry studied textile design and worked for many years as a freelance textile designer and illustrator. She now works from a new studio in the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens.


‘I am mainly interested in exploring ways of conveying a sense of depth, form and movement using abstract marks and elements such as blocks of colour and lines. In the last few years, I have been influenced by

man-made structures and mans’ intervention within natural and built environments, such as dilapidated industrial and agricultural buildings, artificial lights and building sites. I use a range of materials and processes to make my work, including screen printing, collage and acrylics, and over time have developed my own unique way of working.’




Susan Bunn

Silver and Storm Blue, 30 x 80 cm, Acrylic on Canvas

A painter specialising in landscapes with an abstract quality, breaking up the image with colour and lines to add interest. Sometimes I use gold and silver leaf layered in the paint to create a sense of movement for the viewer. In London I find myself hunting out open spaces, with a hint of the wild, adding a surreal twist. I can’t help but be amused by the encroaching wildlife sharing this so very man-made environment.

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Fleur Cowgill

Butrint Eucalyptus Grove, 60 x 60 cm, Mixed Media on Canvas

I make abstract landscape paintings. Experimenting with coloured pigments, solvents, chalks, graphite and inks on large square canvases allows me to play with the picture plane. I like to let the fluids flow across the surface, turning and tilting to form a loose, organic grid on which to build further layers. Cold wax creates deep ridges which can be carved into or scraped back to reveal shimmering veils of coloured glaze. I have evolved a personal visual language using a short vertical stroke. These strokes cross the paintings, representing a distillation of thought, memory, experience and location. I am interested in the response of one colour placed against another, or the interstitial gaps between marks. My marks can be made quickly, with great energy which enlivens the picture plane throwing out beyond the edges; or they can be made with careful consideration, placed quietly, drawing the energy back into the work. 

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Lise Couture 


If We Could Only Stop Time, 50 x 50 cm, Acrylic on Canvas

I work on a series of paintings at the same time and begin with no end in mind; it allows each painting to develop in its own uniqueness. I love the freedom of reacting in the moment of what I am creating. My work is about hope, love and happiness found in simple things in life. I work on canvas but prefer wood panel as it can withstand some of the unconventional tools I use in my intuitive painting; encrusting, collage, various mark-making, printing, sanding and scraping back to previous colours, keeping a sense of surprise, intrigue, freshness and spontaneity in my work. I always study and ponder on the last few layers to adjust, balance my design and then refine it. My endeavour is to evoke positive emotions in myself, as an artist, and make my work sing for the viewer to enjoy and connect.





Polina Davi

Sounds of Universe, 100 x 100 cm, Mixed Media on Canvas

This art is the Transmission of the Universe message, with the flow of energy, colours and sacred codes, talking to your soul. I work within the realm of intuitive art, create pieces, which can essentially be called tune-ups. My paintings possess the ability to bring joy, cheerfulness, vigour, and lightness, which in turn awaken powerful and vivid emotions.



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Polina Dobrotina

Ganesh, 120 x 90 cm, Oil on Canvas 

Polina Dobrotina is a London-based contemporary impressionist of Russian origin passionate about bringing Contemporary Impressionism to a new level.

Taking inspiration from the vibrant beauty of nature, Polina expresses raw emotions on canvas which the talent transforms not into the fine artwork but into the essence of life. These abstract impressionist paintings reflect young passions and desires, celebrating the love of life.



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Robert Frankel 


Shapes and Colours 4, 101 x 76 cm, Acrylic on Canvas


I was always fascinated with the idea that colours can have an effect on our emotional, physical, and mental states. Examples of this can be found in expressions such as "having the blues" or "seeing red." I like to use bright, bold colours set against each other in a geometric structure to create positive energy and motion. It is difficult to focus on a single point in my paintings without wanting to wander around the canvas.

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Hayam Elsayed


Mercy, 120 x 120 cm, Acrylic on Canvas

Hope, love, and courage are among the feelings artist Hayam Elsayed delivers through the versatile characters in her portraits. Her inspiration comes from looking at people’s faces, watching the way they laugh, cry, and react to all the senses surrounding them.

Studying in Florence, Elsayed became fascinated by the portraits she saw there. “I could feel the painting, the colour, the design of the portrait itself as if I was a part of the painting. Looking back at that time I can see how my life and my whole perspective towards art had changed".








Salome Gallan


New York by Night, 28 x 35 cm, Acrylic on canvas


Salome Gallan is an abstract painter from West London.

Her work is a colourful, energetic, expression of her own life experiences, thoughts, and dreams. She uses numerous layers, texture and vibrant colours to create a fun and uplifting feeling for the viewer.

Salome incorporates movement, hidden messages and a joyful flow in her work. Her work is a combination of mindfulness, simply capturing a thought, idea or feeling and transform it into a beautiful, bold piece of art. The artist has an empathetic nature, by creating meaningful art, she has found a way to also motivate others to have a better understanding and positive outlook about life and the world we live in.









Fred Gordon 

Prancing Roe Deer, 84 x 94 x 25 cm, Bronze Limited Edition of 12

Fred Gordon, born in 1993, was exposed to and inspired by the natural world from an early age. To begin with, he primarily used drawing as a way of capturing the essence of his subjects. However, in 2011, he turned to sculpture, as he could better articulate the intricacies of the anatomy, and the movement inherent in the wildlife he observed.


Fred uses quick and fluid gestures to capture the vitality of the subject. Working first in clay or wax, the piece is then cast in bronze. To better understand the complex moulding and Lost-wax casting process, Fred has adopted a hands-on approach and works, from time to time, at the foundry where the majority of his pieces are moulded and cast. 





Gareth Hacon

Presence 3658, 122 x 91 cm, Photographs bonded to Aluminium with matte seal floated in frame 

Gareth Hacon studied graphic design and moved into photography with an interest in open and closed spaces.


Having grown up by the sea, surrounded by vast horizons, the elements infused his perception of subtle changes. Using only natural illumination, composition and elemental changes, Gareth Hacon strives to show and identify passages of time where a “defining moment” is captured. Gareth Hacon’s work is by emotion, response, location and light, though this is only a guidance to the finished form, experience and emotion are pivotal to finding the right moment of capture.





Angus Hampel 

Wisdom, 43 x 48 cm, Etching, aquatint and gold leaf on somerset rag. Edition of 33

My paintings are silent arisings and objects of meditation.

They are the wild and jubilant dances. They are attempts to show the wonder we forget when we look at the world and its on-going creation. It all depends on where you stand. Suddenly olives appear like fireflies and golden suns or moons dazzle. Everything is extraordinary. Gold helps here. It crosses the bridge between the secular and the spiritual. It conjures images of money and Midas, but also Greek orthodox icons and Buddhas.










Richard Harris 

hello handsome, 54 x 40 cm, DIgital Print 

I enjoy working with life-size mannequins as they give me greater freedom to experiment with composition, lighting and time exposures. Unlike humans, they can be precisely manipulated
and/or juxtaposed to better explore the emotions and ideas in which I am interested. My mannequins are also very easy to work with as they do exactly as they’re told, can hold a pose indefinitely and rarely complain, and most don’t want to be paid.


Body Parts VI – The New Black, These photographs are from the sixth shoot of my on-going Body Parts studio project in which I use life-size mannequins to explore personal, social and political themes that interest me. On this occasion, I wanted to examine my feelings about the nuclear family, particularly its darker side, when feelings of love and the desire to protect can merge and morph into something quite sinister.







Kelly Jenkins

Milkshake, 90 x 120 cm, Gold embroidery into Acrylics and Mixed Media

I create vibrant and tactile, abstract paintings that marry together highly detailed embroidery with fine art painting techniques. Playful and organic forms, harmonious yet bold colours, are stitched into dynamic embroidery compositions. These are stripped back to just a pure line, stroke, splatter or scribble; the basic, fundamental acts of mark-making; spontaneous and intuitive. Recreated in stitch they become considered and premeditated. Embellished in gold, they express a new status.


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Kalli Kastori 

Rho-Fiera, 100 x 120 cm, Oil on Canvas

In a world in perpetual motion, the frozen moment functions as a revelation: it forbids anything fake, sham or pretentious and focuses on the essence of human communication or rather the lack of it.

The paintings focus on realistic images of the city’s inhabitants in states of inertia and relaxation, primarily in public places where the individual is present but does not feel at home. There the individual exists in counterpoint to the crowd: in the throng loneliness is revealed; in the noise, silence.


Gunilla Klemendz

Funny 2019, 24 x 30 cm, Stoneware and Metal

Ever since I was a child, I have had an interest in drawing and painting. This interest has grown into a deep passion for sculpting and I have been working with stoneware for the last 20 years. I also like to experiment and mix materials and I sometimes use metal in my pieces. The creative process fills me with true happiness, something that I hope is reflected in my art.


Danic Lago 


Athena's Garden, 59 x 65 cm, Collage and Mixed Media

Danic Lago is a Brazilian-British artist based in London. After having lived in Switzerland and Mexico, she has always had a sharp eye for the world.


By exploring the different continents she has lived in, she began to translate her passion for beauty and aesthetic through her pieces. The poetry made by Danic in her mixed media, handcrafted collages frame her delicate world-view, highlighting the mixture of reusable materials which tell new stories through their colours, textures and richness of detail. 

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Fan Lee

Morning Glimpse, 70 x 70cm, Ink on Paper


Fan composes her artworks as a wordless tribute to the mother nature, life and environment. Her works are characterised by the applying of ink brushes, nuance and tonalities delicately manifested to capture the sensational and transient moments of lights and shadows, landscapes and the nature. Her works embody both Oriental and Western aesthetics and bring to the audiences a realm of ethereality that characterises oriental paintings, with a touch of sublimity.


Sylvie Lexa

The Colours of Rocks, 40 x 40 cm, Prints on Aluminium or Canvas


I am a freelance artist who enjoys playing with colours and shapes, an amateur photographer of architecture, urban design, street scenes and of any object, landscape, or scenery that catch my eye.


The main driving forces of my creations are pattern repetition, colour contrasts combined with light exposure, and serendipity. I have always been attracted by geometric shapes, symmetry, and dissymmetry, and colour combinations. I have a geometric perception of the world around me. 


Henrik Martensen

Mountain Lake, 60 x 85 cm, Oil on Canvas

have been fascinated by nature all my life. I experience nature as a place filled with magic and spirituality. An overall theme in my paintings right now is about my concern for how we humans treat our world. I'm thinking of the increasing pollution, disturbing climate changes, and the negative consequences of it. In my paintings, I imagine the world in the near future after the fall of civilisation, where nature supremely has taken control, and mankind is a dying race fighting for its survival.


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Elise Mendelle

A Sleight of Hand, 52.5 x 62.5 cm, Oil on Canvas

London-based Elise Mendelle's paintings are about capturing a particular thought, feeling or gesture. The artist urges viewers to look beyond the brushstrokes to anticipate or imagine a narrative associated with each portrait. The works provide a storyboard of human behaviour and emotion and have been exhibited in Rome, Venice, New York and London.

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Christina Michalopoulou

Kiss Me, 50 x 70 cm, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

I am a contemporary painter, living and working in Thessaloniki, Greece. My mediums are acrylic paint or oil colours on canvas surfaces. My paintings are figurative, realistic human figures and body parts on surrealistic, abstract, pop or fictional environments.


Deeya Mirchandani

Devotion, 30cm x 30cm, mixed media on canvas

Deeya’s work endures a series of transformations, a push and pull of intent and flow. She is captivated by the conversation between colours and the new language which emerges from the resulting animation of paint. Her exploration stems from her interest in the movement of natural phenomena.

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Angel, 90 x 90 cm, gold leaf and diamond dust Giclee Prints


I am a London based Artist whose work pays homage to those sights and sensations which surround me. My fascination with the female form, expression of colour and narrative is carefully crafted and woven together to produce a striking visual mixed media art form. Primarily working in the medium of paint and collage, my imagery draws on conventions and connections to the past. The process of creation owes much to chance, improvisation, and openness to outside source material. 

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Stephen Murfitt


Lustred & Textured Vessel , 23 cm, Ceramic


My work is driven by an obsession with clay and its versatility. I make ceramic forms and vessels which are hand built and Raku-fired. I became addicted to Raku because of the direct involvement with each stage of the process. The pots absorb and reflect the intense drama of the firing. Influences are diverse and come from a fusion of visual elements seen in the natural and built environments. The effects of weathering, erosion and decay provide a constant source of reference. Small groups of related forms are hand built simultaneously. The slow and contemplative pace of coiling allows for considered developments and refinements to be made. Each stage of construction enables intuitive and selective marks and textures to occur. Glazing and firing methods are adapted to enhance the form and surface of each piece. This combination of the making, glazing and firing methods result in one-off pieces which are completely unique.


Monica Pennetti


Memories, 40 x 50 cm, Acrylic on Canvas 

Since my earliest childhood I have a passion for drawing and painting as well as for any other form of creativity. Mostly, I paint with Acrylic or Oil on Canvas, usually without having a concrete idea of what I paint. Lately I have discovered the art of doing sculptures, which I also elaborate without precise idea and whithin a very short time. A work in my opinion is only then finished, when any additional touch or brushstroke just simply would be superfluous.

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Caroline Piggott 

Long Way From Home - Greek Sea Bream, 52 x 41 cm, Oil on Canvas

I have always been curious in the power of storytelling both visually and verbally, working across the mediums of paint, clay and words. I am interested in how we frame our narrative, how we present or suggest our thoughts, drawing on historical and contemporary influences to capture my ideas.

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Anita Püspök 

Relaxation, 50 x 50 x 4 cm, Mixed Media

Her paintings represent the modern trend of lyrical abstract. She is inspired by the themes of music, nature and its phenomena; the depth, the flow, the light, sounds and colours, the symbiosis with nature can be felt. By this, these magical paintings are born within the sensual, suggestive and decorative visual world. On the paintings are many layers of paint, various mineral grains and fine layers of loose lacquer alternate, blends of colours give the harmony of the image. I paint in harmony with spirituality, emotions and colours.


"I have a dream, I want my colours to make the world happy.”

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Amy Sailsbury 

Fairy Pools Isle of Skye, 60cm, Mixed Acrylic on Circular Aluminium Panel

Welsh artist tackling the universe from above and below - I experiment with paint to express the colours and movements inspired by the photography of NASA and the cinematography of BBC series Blue Planet.


I attempt to not only highlight the beauty of the planet but to try and capsulate some issues such as the melting of glaciers and harsh habitats.

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Francis Salvesen

Lake Tahoe, 110 cm x 82 cm (incl. frame), Oil on canvas

A passionate and vibrant modern vision of British landscape painting in oils, my creations bring to life the natural beauty of Britain’s best-loved landmarks. Here, cloud formations, seasons, radiant light and colours affect our mood and conscious thought, and inspire poetry as well as painting, words and paint inextricably twinned together as I take you on a journey around the British Isles and beyond, capturing in an eternal medium momentary sunbeams of light and refracted layers of detail. Together we share a voyage of discovery, an exciting journey searching for the hidden treasures of the natural world, immortalised through art.

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Storm, 30 x 40cm, Acrylic on Canvas

I position myself in the world of abstract expressionist art and work mainly with acrylic as a medium because of its versatility. Its composition makes possible both solid 3-D layers and fluid aquatic forms. I am particularly fond of textures and the superposition of layers of colours. In order to bring vibrancy to my paintings, I like to mix acrylic with other mediums, such as Gold Leaf, papier-maché or even gravel, since the mixture of those elements creates magnificent and original effects.



Loraine Wilson


Three Pink Sails, 45 x 35 cm, Oil on Linen


My oil paintings represent stories of the Suffolk landscape, woodlands and coast local to me, inspired by the rhythms, patterns and paths which I visit regularly throughout the year.


My work is an impression of my subject and I look at colour, line and form to reflect the seasons. I endeavour to convey my own style with positivity and imagination.

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Michael Winter 

Signs of Life 1, 96 x 96 cm, Spray Paint and Acrylic on Perspex

My work asks the viewer to question the nature of transience, time and society's sense of its own worth. Using the metaphor of a post-civilised world I question who we really are as people in our rawest state once the comforting structure and anchors of society have been removed. As a viewer you are invited to see this world in the role of an observer rather than an active participant, drawing your own conclusions as to the extent that decline and rebirth amount to the same thing.

I enjoy the detail of the natural world, its intimate connectivity and its beauty, becoming particularly poignant when contrasted with man-made structures and technology. Where man is not, nature thrives and it is with this in mind that I often use a circle to 'frame' the work, creating a lens, that implies a wider world beyond what can be seen directly by the viewer.

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Kate Wood

Bad Hair Day, 50 x 40 cm, Oil on Canvas


Kate is a self-taught artist, living and working in London. She started painting in 2010, and finds it both a meditative process and a means of self- expression and exploration. Her paintings are flights of fantasy, moving seamlessly between factual illustration and non-figurative abstraction and exploring the co-existence and juxtaposition of different spiritual dimensions.


The creative method she has developed helps her to conjure a unique, surreal world, evoking her emotional landscape. Painting is an intuitive and organic process for her, and the images reveal themselves in stages, often unexpectedly. Working in oils and sometimes using the medium of collage, her style is distinctive and whimsical, informed by Mediaeval illuminations, Indian miniatures and the diverse influences of Chagall, Klimt and Bosch.

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Jae Young Park


Woolscape - Healing Capsule, 61 x 73 cm, Oil on Canvas


Jae Young Park’s Woolscape series considers dual aspects of minimalism and realism. Almost meditative in its depiction of interwoven strands, the works question what it means to be an individual. Each strand of wool takes the foreground as being part of a tightly-knit structure.

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