Wendy Freestone studied BA Fine Art at De MontFort University part time whilst her three children were young. She currently works in her studio in Oxfordshire.
Alongside her practice, she undertakes commissions from small scale figures in bronze to large scale garden commissions and bespoke pieces for industry clients.
Increasingly, Freestone is commissioned to create family groups, effectively capturing a moment in time and a stage in family life. The pieces are both decorative, but are also unique to the family in question.
Her work is very much influenced by people watching;" I enjoy observing people in a group and seeing how they interact, as well as the space they take up and their presence"
Alice Cescatti is a London based Artist who grew up in New Zealand.
From an early age she became fascinated by the interaction between dramatic remote landscapes and the intense light of the South Pacific.
Cescatti's paintings are water gilded in silver leaf, a specialist technique she has mastered to describe light which dates back to the Egyptian Tomb Paintings from the 23rd Century BC.
Cescatti had her first Solo Exhibition in 2004 at the Galerie Christian Siret, Palais Royal, Paris and has subsequently exhibited extensively throughout Europe and America.
Congratulations to Wendy Freestone and Alice Cescatti!
They will be awarded a two-week joint exhibition together at one of our London galleries.
Once again thank you to all the artists who made submissions and the shortlisted artists who participated in this ever expanding project, also we would like to say a big thank you to the visiting public, who voted for their favourites.
Royal Arts Prize Team