Photo by Samira Bouaou
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
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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