House artist’s award hopes are quashed

PUBLISHED: 12:20 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:17 25 August 2010

CRITIC Brian Sewell put paid to an artist s chance to go through to the final round of an art competition set to rival the Turner Prize.

CRITIC Brian Sewell put paid to an artist's chance to go through to the final round of an art competition set to rival the Turner Prize.

David Sullivan, 39, from Bexleyheath, had two works chosen for the long list for the Threadneedle Prize.

But a panel of judges, including Brian Sewell, opted for seven other artists to go forward to a public vote for a chance to win £25,000.

Despite being one of around 60 UK artists to have their work displayed at the Threadneedle exhibition, Sewell picked out Sullivan's work as one that he particularly despised.

Sewell described his picture Home Entertainment, representing a photograph of the Yorkshire house where nine-year-old Shannon Matthews used to live before she went missing, as an "awful landscape."

Mr Sullivan, who recently earned a Masters in Painting, said: "Brian Sewell is apparently not a fan."

But despite the poor review, the piece later was sold for £5,000.

Mr Sullivan, a former lift engineer at Apex in Dartford, added: "I am very pleased as my first show out of college is a huge show.

"I trawl through newspapers and the internet to find images that have something else about them, one that will make a point."

Mr Sullivan's work is on display alongside the other entrants at the Mall Galleries in Carlton House Terrace, London until this Saturday.

The exhibition which had more than 2,700 works submitted, aims to provide a showcase for the best in new figurative painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media installations.

His next exhibition, North Tutorial, opens at the Rose and Crown, Walthamstow, tomorrow until next Saturday.

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