Lancashire Life Landscape Painter of the Year

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We have been very proud to once again sponsor the Lancashire Life ‘Landscape Painter of the Year’ Award for 2018.

The competition this year received many entries from artists from throughout the region and it has been a great challenge narrowing down the entrants to a final three.  The three talented finalists spanned a variety of media and subject matter and demonstrated the diversity and outstanding quality that is prevalent across the art scene in the North West.

The three paintings shortlisted were hung together last night for the announcement of the eventual winner which will be publicised in the forthcoming edition of Lancashire Life.

A brief run down of each piece and the artists behind them is below and we encourage everybody to come along and view them in person in the gallery where they are currently on show.

Chris Rigby – All the Lights Green

artist chris rigby original oil painting

Based in Cumbria, Chris Rigby is an artist of exceptional talent and stature whose talent has already been recognised in the form of several awards and a major solo Museum exhibition in 2012.

Chris Rigby has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries winning the ‘Le Clerc Fowle Medal’ amongst others and is now widely collected for his gritty and rugged landscape¬† and coastal paintings.

Chris’ entry for the exhibition is a departure from the expected traditional landscape and depicts an urban landscape at night capturing the stunning artificial light in a brave and arresting composition.

Amanda Watson – Towards Gatesgarth Farm, Honister

Amanda Watson Artist Painting

Although originally from Yorkshire, Amanda Watson now resides in Kendal on the doorstep of the beautiful Lake District which inspires much of her artwork today.

Her entry into the exhibition is an incredibly atmospheric landscape of Honister under a veil of cloud.  A composition which draws the viewer into the painting, the judges were impressed with the feel which Amanda had successfully achieved in the painting and a sense of drama in the landscape.

Trevor Lingard – St Annes Beach

Original Watercolour by artist Trevor Lingard

The third finalist is by Ribble Valley Trevor Lingard and is the stand out painting in watercolour.

Inspired by the likes of Edward Seago and William Russell Flint, Trevor Lingard has been represented by many galleries over the years and is a recognisable exhibitor throughout the region.

The painting submitted by Trevor is an affectionate and charming depiction of a family day out on the Fylde Coast executed by an accomplished hand and treated with great warmth, charm and affection.


With three such contrasting styles and subject matters, it is clear that each painting deserved it’s place in the final three and with each painting currently on show in the gallery, we do hope that you will be able to come and view the paintings in person and pick up next months copy of Lancashire Life where the winner will be announced.

If you are interested in owning any of these magnificent paintings, please contact the gallery without delay.