Concrete In The Frame Student Art Contest Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our inaugural “Concrete In The Frame” student art competition for 2016. We received nearly a hundred entries from Jersey students and saw many fantastic new pieces of art. Winners and runners-up in each category have won cash prizes and one year memberships in the Society. Entries were judged by artist Ian Rolls and photographer Tony Pike.

All images are now on display at the Harbour Gallery in St Aubin.

Below are the rest of the winning images along with comments from the judges.

From Tony Pike: “The standard of the photography has been very high, with close attention given to shape and detail, with some equally imaginative impressions giving a new look to our Fortifications. Melanie Dixon’s series of pictures has given us an impressive technicolour sandwich of some of our most unique fortifications, and deservedly receives an Applied Art prize.”

From Ian Rolls: “Melanie’s four striking images are quite remarkable bearing in mind she is only 10 years old! The use of complimentary colours both within each view and the colour and form relationships of the composition of all four views together is worthy of an experienced artist. A very modern interpretation of a historical subject.”

Moses Pike, Photographic age 8-12 winner

From Tony Pike: “Moses has really made a striking image here by darkening down the sky, and using the form of the fortification to create a ‘picture frame’ looking towards Sark in the background. On close study, one can even see a lounge chair and a lamp-stand, that has been taken to the fortification specially for the photograph! This is even more commendable, as there is no vehicle access onto the common, and must have been carried there almost half a mile. Other pictures that have been provided in his Album, show a very high competence of photography for his age, so extremely well done Moses!”

Cameron Edge, Photographic age 8-12 runner-up

From Tony Pike: “Unusual but effective picture of the K2 Jäger entrance defence position, at Strongpoint Corbiere. Skewing the camera diagonally, he has created a striking image that really catches the eye. Good imagination displayed here. Very well done Cameron.”

Oliver Mallett, Photographic age 8-12 runner-up

From Tony Pike: “There can be nothing that really sums up the competition than some truly original artwork from the Germans themselves! Oliver is also very keen and information hungry for our unique history which is an example to us all. Well done Oliver.”

Ruben Le Sueur, Art age 13-18 winner

From Ian Rolls: “Ruben’s first prize winning entry is a powerful evocation of the massive form and weathered surface texture that characterize German Fortifications. I particularly like the use of directional line that describes the various surfaces and the accentuation of the abstract elements of the structure, by the up-close perspective, the limited use of colour and free brushwork in the sky.”

Claudia Dixon, Art age 13-18 runner-up

From Ian Rolls: “Claudia’s picture is a delightfully upbeat and original interpretation of the undeniably oppressive form of a bunker. She brings her femininity, sensitivity and a sense of joyful colour to the subject, even making the barbed wire in the corner look like fairy lights! I particularly like the blue bubbles coming out of the vents, giving an underwater feel to the subject.”

Benjamin Fry, Photographic age 13-18 winner

From Tony Pike: “A stunning impression of the Kriegsmarine MP3 Observation & Radar Tower at Strongpoint Butts, Les Landes St Ouen. Taken at sunset, with those menacing cloudy skies but with a glimmer of light and hope on the horizon, this picture conjures up many thoughts. One wonders if the Germans themselves looked from the same place on a similar evening seventy plus years ago with thoughts of home that was being bombed around the clock. Yes, a thought provoking image that has been well composed and exposed! A deserving senior category winner, so extremely well done Benjamin.”

Emily Last, Photographic age 13-18 runner-up

From Tony Pike: “Emily has shown her ability of working around the subject, using light and shape capturing some really interesting shadows and form. Detail of reinforcing bars and the broken concrete also makes an impression. Printed in black & white, these pictures caught my eye for the attention to detail. Well done Emily!”

Top image: Melanie Dixon, Art age 8-12 winner