Amy Wins RUA Bronze by a Nose!

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Exciting young artist Amy Whittle’s love of horses (see above) helped her to win the Bronz Medal, sponsored by Hamilton Architects, at the 37th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy.

‘Triple Bar’, an oil painting on canvas, was awarded Bronze for the most promising work by a full-time student by Paul Millar, Partner at Hamilton Architects, and James Hanley, adjudicator and renowned artist.

Amy, who has a degree in fine art painting and is currently studying for a teaching qualification at Liverpool Hope University, was invited to submit her work to the RUA following this year’s graduate show at the Belfast School of Art.

“Triple Bar is an abstract painting inspired by my love of horses,” said Amy, who hails from a horse training family in Dungannon. “It uses a limited range of warm tonal colours reduced to symbolic lines and imagery.

“If you look carefully, there are two tiny yellow shapes representing the view between the horse’s ears as I approach a triple bar fence. I turned the painting upside down, as I sometimes do, before completing the work.”

Amy says winning the Bronze came as “a bit of a shock”. “My grandmother dabbled in watercolours, so perhaps I got something of my instinct for artistic expression from her,” she said. “The painting has also sold, which is wonderful!”

‘Triple Bar’ is on show, along with hundreds of other exciting original paintings and sculptures, at the RUA Exhibition in the Ulster Museum, Belfast, until 6th January 2019.

Paul Millar said: “Hamilton Architects are long-time supporters of the RUA and young artists. Amy is the well-deserved winner of this year’s Bronze Award and we wish her every success in the future.”
Amy's Triple Bar
Amy's Triple Bar
Amy is currently studying for a teaching qualification