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London exhibition for winning artist Diana Armstrong
12:28pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A PICKERING artist has beaten off competition to win a major award and will now have her paintings showcased in a London exhibition.
Diana Armstrong, 33, who was a pupil at Malton School, won the £2,500 Sponsors Choice Award at the New Lights Shortlist Artworks Exhibition.
Diana, who has been painting for about seven years, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won. I think my technique is very different to those who have trained at art college so I was surprised to get picked.”
Her unique style of using gilding on oil paintings won her recognition at the exhibition, where she had three paintings exhibited among the 298 entries.
Fifty shortlisted artworks featured in the high profile exhibition which was launched by the New Lights charity to help and promote young Northern based artists. Artists were competing for five awards up for grabs as part of the event.
Self-confessed “ambitious” Diana, who graduated with a degree in English literature and language from King’s College London in 2004, is already working on her next set of paintings which will be shown at the London Arts Fair in January next year.
She said: “I have deadlines to meet to get paintings done but it’s all exciting.
“From going to galleries and museums I always wanted to try to emulate that work but I developed my own style and got in to gilding and now my big aim is to get my work shown in a London gallery.”
The New Lights Shortlist Artworks Exhibition runs until November, 17 at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate.
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