Graeme Messer is the winner of this year’s Mr Heatherley’s three-figure composition prize.
He said “It was such a great honour to have won the Mr Heatherley prize for 2011, being singled out from a group of such gifted and talented students. I drew my inspiration for the painting from Durer’s incredibly honest nude self-portrait, and from Eadwaeard Muybridge’s wrestling images. My aim was to create a self-portrait that not only depicted my physical reality, but that allowed the viewer to enter into my emotional and psychological worlds as well.”
The prize was established by Principal John Walton, based on his own experience of entering the Slade’s composition competition as a student in the 1940s.