A Guernsey painter has won a Highly Commended prize in the prestigious JJ Fox Art Competition.
Suzanna McInnes was one of five runners up in the 2023 competition recently judged by British artist Tom Wood. Her delicate oil painting entitled ‘Cabo Beach, September Sundown’ was chosen from an entry of 190 paintings submitted by Channel Islands artists.
Speaking after judging the competition, Mr Wood explained that he chose Suzanne’s piece because to him “it was a quiet contemplation of the beautiful world we inhabit” as well as being “a moment of tranquillity honestly caught with the richness of oil paint.”
Suzanne was delighted with her award and travelled to Jersey to receive her prize from Stuart Fox the Director of JJ Fox International at the competition’s exhibition at the Jersey Arts Centre.
The JJ Fox Art Competition has been an established part of the Channel Islands artistic calendar for the past 41 years and has helped launch the careers of many household names including Ian Rolls and Jason Butler in Jersey and Molly Harris and Rob Sweeney in Guernsey
For many years the competition exhibition was held at St James in Guernsey but for 2023, in association with Arts Guernsey, it will be held at the George Crossan Gallery in Market Street from Monday 20th to Saturday 25th November.
The 28 pieces of work on exhibition will include the winner ‘Second Prize in a Beauty Contest’ by 17 year old Edie Le Blanq and the Under 18 Jock Russell Prize winner ‘The News’ by 16 year old Ned Dixon.
Guernsey winner Suzanne will also be joined in the exhibition by fellow Sarnians; Gill Harrison, Rob Sweeney, Michelle Stringer, Melissa Tostevin and Nelli Begg.
More information abut the event can be found here.
Pictured: Cabo Beach, September Sundown by Suzanna McInnes