John Ruskin Prize shortlist presents A new Look at Nature at Brantwood's Severn Studio

By Ben Miller | 05 September 2012
An image of an illustration of a greyscale drawing of a spikey plant in the shape of a ball
Roy Wright, Sweet Chestnut Fruit© Roy Wright
Exhibition: The John Ruskin Prize: A new Look at Nature, Severn Studio, Brantwood, September 8 – October 14 2012

Sixteen shortlisted artists have enamoured judges seeking a natural world-regarding “sense of discovery” in this new award, ranging from delicate drawings to extravagant colour capturing something of the complexity they convey.

An image of a painting of a crisp autumn leaf against a moving light blue background
John Ruskin, Study of a Spray of Dead oak Leaves© John Ruskin
“The scale of interest and submissions proves that nature remains a live inspiration for artists of all ages and disciplines,” believes Sue Grayson Ford, the Director of organisers the Campaign for Drawing.

“I am certain that Ruskin would be delighted by the breadth of vision and observation revealed by the shortlisted work.”

Ruskin was arguably the most revered art critic of the Victorian period, so the exhibition is in hallowed surroundings at his former Lake District home of Brantwood.

The winner, announced at the private view on September 7, will receive £1,000, a specially commissioned work made with oak from Ruskin’s native Wyre Forest and a placed in a major exhibition, Force of Nature: Picturing Ruskin’s Landscape, which opens at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield in December.

  • Open 10.30am-5pm. Admission £1.35-£6.95 (family ticket £8.60-£14.50).
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