Artist brushes aside rivals to scoop award

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Brighouse born artist Paul Dene Marlor has scooped a top international award in the Society for all Artists at the prestigious Artist of the Year Awards in London.

Paul’s painting of ‘Halifax Town Hall’ which secured him the Professional Artist of the Year 2015 title, was painted in watercolour; a medium which Paul specialises in.

The painting was completed using sketches and photos taken after he had visited the scene.

“It is a local place that I have admired all my life; somewhere I’ve always wanted to paint,” he said. “I tried to create more impact and emphasise the focal point of the beautiful Town Hall in the centre, adding some warm evening light hitting the buildings. I also added reflections suggesting it had just rained to create more atmosphere.”

The painting was exhibited at the ‘It’s all about art’ event, the biggest of its kind in the UK, held at the Business Design Centre in London where Paul was invited to attend to accept his award.

Congratulating Paul on his award, the judging panel commented that his exceptional watercolour painting stood out amongst candidates.

The SAA Artist of the Year award attract entries from all over the world.

Paul who now lives and works from his studio near Halifax, West Yorkshire said he was “honoured to win such a coveted award.

“2015 has been a good year for me so far. In May I was also selected for the filming of ‘Sky Landscape artist of the year’ television programme where I was filmed painting a landscape scene at the National Trust property ‘Lyme Park’ in Cheshire, which will air in October on Sky Arts.”

Paul’s work can be viewed a new exhibition at the Harrison Lord Gallery in Brighouse. Visit www.harrisonlord.co.uk for more details or ring 01484 722462