The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 Countdown: 23 Days To Go – Painting

There are 23 days to go in the call for submissions for the Aesthetica Art Prize. Now in its eighth year, the award presents an opportunity for artists working in all media to showcase their work to a wider audience. In the countdown, we spotlight longlisted artist Rebeka Lord, whose painting Send Me on My Way was published in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2015, Future Now.

Lord’s work is based on the idea that different people perceive the same objects differently. Currently, it is the artist’s own perception that she is examining. She is interested in the way that her eyes are drawn to certain points in an image and how the brain interprets that image, creating new structures and positive and negative spaces.

Using prints of her photographs to document the scene as captured by the camera, Lord then accentuates the image using oil, conté pastel and pencil to create perspective, structure, and space. She also records the flow of her eye across the page or through the object. The colour palette is based on the colours in the scene, but colour is often re-assigned to highlight visual relationships. Send Me on My Way is a representation of Lord’s observation from underneath Eastbourne Pier.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries until 31 August. Prizes include £5,000 Main Prize courtesy of Hiscox, £1,000 Student Prize courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition in partnership with York Museums Trust, publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, editorial in Aesthetica (186,000 readership worldwide), art books courtesy of Prestel, and art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton (£250 for main prize winner; £150 for student prize winner).

Entries are open until 31 August 2015. Register your artwork at

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1. Rebeka Lord, Send Me on My Way (2014).