We were delighted to hear of third year BA(Hons) Drawing student Theo Crutchley-Mack‘s success in the Monty Parkin Memorial Prize. This is the second year in which the prize has run, inviting applications from leading art schools across the UK, and the organisers were very pleased with the high standard of entries this year. Just three winners were selected, each winning £300. We invited Theo to tell us about his work and about winning the prize…
“Since living and studying on the coast I have become fascinated by the detrimental effects of time on abandoned buildings and vessels. The textured surfaces commonly found in these subjects have a unique quality of beauty that contradicts the negative opinion commonly taken toward decaying buildings and shipwrecks. In my artwork I attempt to capture this quality of beauty and represent it in an appealing and well composed drawing. I am inviting the viewer to appreciate how decay is actually a fascinating and beautiful process that never stops changing.
This prize money from this award will go towards travel and supplies for a research trip through England and Ireland where I will seek more subjects in a state of decay.
More of my work can be found at facebook.com/theocrutchleymack where I will be posting updates on the trip and the progress of my new body of work”.