Welsh Artists in the Running for a Major Art Prize; the BEEP International Painting Prize Is Wales' Only Large-Scale Contemporary International Painting Competition - and Welsh Artists Have Made an Excellent Showing on This Year's Shortlist. Who Do You Think Should Win?

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Welsh Artists in the Running for a Major Art Prize; the BEEP International Painting Prize Is Wales' Only Large-Scale Contemporary International Painting Competition - and Welsh Artists Have Made an Excellent Showing on This Year's Shortlist. Who Do You Think Should Win?


WALES' only large-scale contemporary international painting competition, the BEEP International Painting Prize, sees a selection of Welsh talent battling it out for the major award.

Judged by acclaimed painter Shani Rhys James and respected curator Jonathan Watkins, BEEP is a biennial competition aimed at bringing a regular series of grander contemporary painting exhibitions to Wales and embracing the best and most vital work being created today.

BEEP founder and shortlist selector Jonathan Powell said the quality of work submitted for this year's prize has been outstanding.

While artists from all over the globe have made the shortlist, Powell said he has been especially impressed with the entrants from Wales - 16 Wales-based artists have made the 50-strong shortlist.

"It's made me proud that so many fine artists have been selected from within Wales," he said.

"Some of them are established painters, others are relative newcomers, but all have demonstrated a powerful and original response to this year's theme - 'This must be the place I never wanted to leave'."

The winner of the competition will get a solo show at Elysium Gallery, Swansea, and PS1,000 in prize money.

Here's our lowdown on the 16 Welsh painters who are in the running - and their paintings which have made the final cut...

PIP BARRETT Originally from the small village of Llangynidr in Mid Wales but now living in Cardiff, Pip studied BA (Hons) Illustration in Cardiff and later a Master of Fine Art. Her work is based on the experience of place, with memory playing an important role.

JO BERRY Editing and re-photographing already existing photographic images, Jo's paintings expose unsettling new meanings and truths. 'Untitled 2016' uses an image taken from the financial TV news channel, Media Money, which focuses on the advertising industry.

PHILIP CHEATER After graduating with a first -class honours in Fine Art in 2011, Philip now has a studio with Swansea's Elysium Gallery. His latest work looks at internal and external spaces, in particular the nature of large-scale facades and structures.

JENNY CHISOLM Jenny Chisholm graduated from Hull University in 2007 with a BA (Hons) Fine Art, moving to Swansea in 2009. Her current subject is Port Talbot steelworks and its impact on the landscape.

GORDON DALTON Cardiff-based artist Gordon gained a degree in fine art from Cardiff in 1994. His paintings reference South Wales, north-east England, and the American Midwest - all places he has lived and worked.

LARA DAVIES Originally from Maesteg, Lara now lives in Cardiff. Her entry is a response to the balance between the timelessness of a garden and the ever-changing natural world. The materials used in her work are deliberately minimal. …

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