Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 exhibition at Petworth

The winning commission by Richard Allen from Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016

Petworth is proud to host the first exhibition by Richard Allen, winner of the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 competition. Petworth has long been associated with acclaimed artists and has a collection shaped by a family of collectors and patrons. The Capability Brown landscaped Park, a masterpiece within its own right was also a source of inspiration for landscape painter JMW Turner.

Cast your mind back to October 2016 when the second series of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year began airing. Artists from all over the country competed to paint a winning landscape inspired by a National Trust landscape.

Jump forward to 2017 and winner, Richard Allen from Bournemouth, is now displaying his work at Petworth showcasing his creative journey through the competition in this, his first large scale exhibition, open from 25 March to 21 May. 

" Having become truly smitten with Petworth, it is a genuine honour for the first large scale exhibition of my paintings to take place here."
- Richard Allen

Taking centre stage in the exhibition is Richard's £10,000 prize commission for the National Trust painted at Petworth and inspired by Petworth Park. The pair of paintings created both demonstrate a commitment to the power of 'straight' landscape paintings, both directly echoing JMW Turner's iconic 'Dewy Morning', painted at Petworth in 1810, while the companion piece also offers a more contemporary expression painted as a postcard.

Richard Allen's winning commission at Petworth in front of the view that inspired JMW Turner's Dewy Morning
Richard Allen's winning commission at Petworth

Also included in the exhibition is a selection of Richard's preparatory work as well as his initial submission to enter Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016.

Running in the exhibition you will also find a video playing the best bits of Richard's journey during the competition so you can relive the experiences all over again and fit the paintings you see within the context of the series.

Emtry is free for National Trust members and normal admission prices apply for non-members.

" I am heartened rather than daunted by the weight of art history and embrace the challenge of conveying both the timelessness and shifting qualities of landscape in paint. I couldn't think of a better place to do that than at Petworth."
- Richard Allen

This spring visit the exhibition in the Servants' Quarters and also see the views of Petworth Park that continue to inspire artists today. If you've been thoroughly inspired applications are now open here for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017.