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Secret Art Prize Finalist

Kelly Jenkins

Royal College of Art (Master of Arts , 2004)

I create tactile, embroidered paintings that are both atmospheric and evocatively powerful. They marry together highly intricate embroidery with abstract landscape painting. 

Marcus Aitken

University of the Arts London (First Class Honours in Illustration and media design , 2018)

Marcus Aitken is a contemporary artist and painter, living and working in South London. 

Marcus’ paintings are a series of process led works. He uses a combination of layering, distressing and blending to build a multifaceted surface, adding a sense of depth and drama to the work.

Coming from a design background, Marcus has evolved his practice through mixed media, sculpture and jewellery design. He brings his experiences from previous practices to enrich his new works. The results are vibrant, energetic paintings with exciting sculptural elements.

Under 30s Award

Best in show

Habib Hajallie

Loughborough University (Fine Art , 2017)

Although born in Southeast London, my Sierra Leonean and Lebanese heritage usually feeds directly into my practice.  Through the exploration of ethnic identity; I aim to convey a sense of empowerment to often marginalised ethnic groups.


Signature Art Prize 2020 Degree Art Winner Wed, 02/12/2020
Embracing Our Differences Winner Sun, 01/05/2020
Draw '19 The Drawing Society Winner Thu, 10/10/2019

Greater Manchester Art Prize 2019

Armando Ara

Kingston University (Masters in Art History , 2001)

I am an artist, art consultant and educator, living and working in London. I have developed my style from Realism, to Surrealism and into semi-figurative abstraction. I use an ancient Renaissance method of painting with glazes but my style is modern. My inspiration is normally derived from books I read on Greek Mithology, Philosophy and Theology.

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