Four painters from Waltham Forest beat more than a 1,000 other entries to make shortlist for £15,000 prize

By Rudi Abdallah in Arts

FOUR artists from Waltham Forest have been shortlisted for the £15,000 prize in a prestigious competition looking for Britain’s best figurative painters.

Julia Colmenares, of Leytonstone, Howard Michels, Nicola Morrison and Elvira Rose Oddy, all from Walthamstow, will face 76 other finalists from across the country for the Painter-Staines Prize on March 6.

Ian Rowley, chairman of the organising committee, said: “We’re delighted by this very positive response. At a time when British representational art is in danger of losing its way and being ignored by much of the art establishment, this shows the tremendous desire among artists to capture and shed light upon the real world.”

The four artists were chosen from 1,100 entries, the highest number in the prize’s 12-year history.

Their chosen works will feature at Mall Galleries in London from March 6 to 18.

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