Local’s portrait wins Sanlam

2015-09-08 06:00
John Pace with his winning portrait After the Match.

John Pace with his winning portrait After the Match.

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Claremont artist John Pace was announced as the winner of this year’s Sanlam Portrait Award recently.

Pace’s winning portrait, titled After the match (100 x 80cm, oil on canvas), beat 809 adjudicated entries to the top prize of R100 000.

It will join 39 other selected entries in an exhibition at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville until 8 October, whereafter the 40 works will tour South Africa in an exhibition presented in collaboration with the Sanlam Art Collection.

The independent panel of judges for this year’s prestigious competition consisted of Tanya Poole, award-winning artist and lecturer at Rhodes University, Craig Wylie, BP Portrait Award (UK) winner in 2008, and Ernestine White, curator of contemporary art at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town.

“The award-winning portrait by Pace is skilfully traditional yet fresh in its approach to a ubiquitous subject that often graces the television screen and newspaper sports pages,” says Stefan Hundt, head of Sanlam’s art advisory service and convenor of the judging panel.

56 year-old Pace has been involved in the advertising and design industry for 30 years and has been running his own design practice for the last 10.

He lives by the motto “mediocrity is expensive” and enjoys painting and drawing in his spare time. Pace attended the Durban Technikon from 1978 to 1981 where he completed one year in Fine Art and two years in Graphic Design. He graduated with a diploma in Graphic Design.

As part of his prize, Pace has been invited to present a solo exhibition at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in July 2017.

Art lovers stand a chance to win R10 000 by entering this year’s Sanlam Portrait Award readers’ choice competition at www.houseandleisure.co.za where they can vote for their favourite artwork. V

Visit www.sanlamportraitaward.co.za or www.rust-en-vrede.com for more information

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