Artist Enjoys International Success
Angus McEwan (courtesy of Fotopress, Dundee)
Release date: 28/06/2012
A Dundee College artist has won first prize in an Italian watercolour competition, sponsored by InArte and Ava (Venetian Watercolour Association), brushing aside 51 other entrants from 15 different countries.
Angus McEwan, who lectures in art at the Gardyne Campus, was informed on Thursday, June 28, by telephone that he had won the first prize in the International Prize Marche d’Acqua Fabriano Watercolour 2012, having impressed the a panel of judges, selected from all over the world, with his “extraordinary technical skill and masterful use of light and colour.”
The Wormit-based artist was genuinely surprised to discover he had won the prize, confessing he had actually forgotten about entering the contest!
“I had to produce the work earlier in the year for the exhibition, which opened in Fabriano on June 2, so I had put it out of my mind,” explained the lecturer.
“Actually it was quite a stiff test of the watercolourist’s craft.
“Those taking part were sent three pieces of hand-made paper, Fabriano being a centre of paper-making, and had to produce a work, without cutting the paper in any way to change the shape or size, on this rather unusual medium.
“The paper was very highly-textured and it took a bit of getting used to.”
Clearly Angus mastered this unusual watercolour surface as the international panel of judges reported in their written judgement that the artist possessed an “Excellent ability to understand and value the paper produced specifically for the award.”
Despite his initial surprise Angus declares that he is excited and honoured to have been recognised by such a prestigious international jury.
The artist now has to prepare for his prize – working as an artist in residence for two weeks in Fabriano and mounting an exhibition of his work in the museum there.
Angus is having an exciting year so far, earlier in 2012 he added full membership of the Royal Watercolour Society to his recognition by the Royal Scottish Society of Watercolourists.
The artist is exhibiting with art collective, Art of the Real, with work currently on show in London and Texas, and up-and-coming exhibitions in New York in September, and Edinburgh and Shanghai in November.