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GREGORY MORTENSON WINS 2018 MOTH ART PRIZE


GREGORY MORTENSON
teaches portrait drawing and painting at Grand Central Academy in New York. He grew up in Utah, and he credits his father and grandfather as being two of his earliest role models in art making. He attended Southern Virginia University on a wrestling scholarship, then after completing his degree in art returned home to study life drawing and painting. In 2006 he moved to New York to further his education in classical technique with Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Academy of Art. Mortenson travelled with his wife to Port au Prince ten months after the earthquake in 2010, to help build housing and, moved by what he calls ‘the beauty and triumph of the human spirit’, he set about making sketches of the children as they waited in hope for a new home and school. He returned in 2013 to teach art at an orphanage, and completed several more figurative studies, which featured in his 2015 solo exhibition Zion’s Children at Arcadia Contemporary in New York. 

‘I’m over the moon about winning The Moth Art Prize.
The Moth has always been brilliantly curated, with exquisite artwork and thoughtful writing throughout. And a couple of weeks in the countryside is exactly what my artist soul needs.’ Gregory Mortenson

Gregory will be spending two weeks at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland. He will also receive €1,000 as part of his prize. His self-portrait appears on the cover of the autumn 2018 issue of The Moth.


WORK BY THE FOLLOWING WAS ALSO COMMENDED


DIARMUID DELARGY is a renowned Irish painter, print-maker and sculptor. He studied at the Slade School of Art. He is a member of Aosdana, The Royal Society of Painters/Printmakers, London and the Royal Ulster Academy.
 
TAZIA FAWLEY is an artist who happens to have Down Syndrome. She is 48. She has been painting all her life but it has been more serious for the last fifteen years. A few years ago she was honoured to have one of her paintings accepted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son George. It was to go in his nursery.  
 
ELLEN HECK is a printmaker working from North Carolina in the United States. Her projects and portfolios are studies of identity – its creation, variability, persistence and change. She often combines multiple traditional printmaking processes such as woodcut, drypoint and aquatint.
 
HOLLIS HEICHEMER was born in Binghamton, New York. She has exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in Ireland, Italy and an upcoming exhibit in Paris. Heichemer has been the recipient of various awards including The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Grand, and Fellowships at The Vermont Studio Center and Artist in Rural Ireland Foundation. 
 
ROBERT C JACKSON is a contemporary still life painter with a nostalgic and Pop sensibility.  Robert trained as an electrical engineer, but quit after five years to work full-time as an artist. His work can now be found in private and public collections worldwide. Robert resides in Pennsylvania, USA.
 
ALEX KANEVSKY was born in Russia in 1963. He studied mathematics at Vilnius University in Lithuania before moving to Philadelphia in 1983. He worked as a translator and an illustrator at the Psychiatric Nursing Magazine and drew pictures for telephone book advertisements. He attended PAFA and won a Pew Fellowship in 1997. He has exhibited his work in the US, Canada, Italy, UK, France and Ireland.
 
MICHELLE KETTLE was born in Dublin, Ireland and studied ceramics at the National College of Art and Design. Upon graduating in 2009 she moved to Melbourne, Australia where she began oil painting. Her work focuses on Melbourne’s  architectural facades and explores familiar scenes with a somewhat voyeuristic quality. She is currently represented by Boom Gallery in Geelong, Victoria.
 
RAHA KHADEMI LANGROUDI comes from Iran and currently lives in The Netherlands. She has a bachelor in painting from the University of Tehran, and received her Masters degree in painting from Hanzehoge School in Groningen, The Netherlands. 
 
EILISH MCCANN grew up in Co. Cavan and lives in Wexford. She has a BA arts degree from Trinity College, Dublin and a Diploma in Art and Design from GMIT, Galway. She has exhibited in Ireland and abroad and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2017.
 
ALEX RUSSELL FLINT is a British artist. He divides his time between studios in London and his house in the Poitou-Charentes region of France, where much of his work is set. 



ABOUT THE MOTH ART PRIZE


The Moth Art Prize is awarded to a body of figurative or representational work. The prize consists of €1,000 plus a two-week stay at The Moth Retreat, situated in a beautiful lakeland setting in rural Ireland. The prize is open to anyone over the age of 18, and is judged on a portfolio of images of 5–10 artworks submitted by email or post.
 
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