Welcome to 2021               
Discerning Eye Exhibition 

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Mall Galleries, London

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Sponsor Introduction

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ING is proud to have been supporting the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition for the last 23 years – making ours one of the longest-standing corporate arts sponsorships in the UK. We are so proud that this continuity remained throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with the first virtual ING Discerning Eye Exhibition being held in 2020 and this year seeing the first hybrid exhibition. We have the best of both worlds, the chance to see art physically in the gallery again or to view these remarkable curations by our selectors online at a time and location that suits best. Such innovative and digital solutions have proved effective at providing greater opportunity to introduce UK-based artists to new audiences – in the UK and now around the world. 

 

Art and culture have always been important to many of our clients, as well as to our colleagues. We believe in the power of art to inspire, make connections, accelerate change and portray times we live in. With so much change in our lives, the role of art and artists remains incredibly important. The mission of Discerning Eye, to connect artists with collectors, is so relevant during these times. 

 

ING thanks the selectors, the artists, The Discerning Eye and the Parker Harris Partnership for all their efforts in preparing for the exhibition. 

 

Please join me in wishing the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2021 every success.

Małgorzata Kołakowska 

CEO,

ING UK and Middle East

 
 

Chair's Statement

Welcome to the 2021 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition which marks our 30th anniversary. 

 

We had an extensive range of works to select from submitted by artists across the UK. This year’s selectors; Adelaide Damoah, Anna Brady, Peter Brown, Roland Cowan, Russell Tovey and Tony Humphreys showed great enthusiasm and commitment in addressing the task of judging and selecting from so many pieces of art. We are very grateful to each of them and to all of the artists. 

 

As in previous years each selector’s choice is curated as a small exhibition within the whole, and within each selection the opportunity to see works by, as yet, lesser known artists hanging alongside pieces by those who are internationally recognised.  

 

In addition within the exhibition you will see a further small exhibition of the shortlisted pieces for the DE drawing bursary, the recipient of which will be decided during the course of the exhibition.

 

A huge thank you our sponsors, ING without whose long-standing and generous support we could not stage this annual exhibition. In particular Małgorzata Kołakowska, their CEO and the team at ING in London who have led on their involvement with this year’s exhibition. 

 

Another huge thank you to Tony Humphreys who has retired as the Discerning Eye Chief Executive. Without his tireless work and dedication the Discerning Eye charity would not be in its 30th year and the whole board extends profound thanks for all of his work and support, and for his agreeing to be one of the selectors this year.  

 

Finally I should like to thank Parker Harris, our exhibition organisers, whose hard work, skill and enthusiasm is matchless, staff at the Mall Galleries and all of the many and various supporters of The Discerning Eye.

 

Sarah Hall

Chair,

The Discerning Eye

 

Previous Selectors

1990 

Giles Auty 

Odette Gilbert 

Sir Roger de Grey PRA 

Lord Palumbo 

David Poole PPRP ARCA 

Brian Sewell 

1991 

Gillian Ayres CBE 

William Bowyer RA 

Sir Brinsley Ford 

Lord Gowrie 

Tim Hilton 

John Russell Taylor 

1992 

Christopher Lloyd 

Robin Simon 

Sir Judge Stephen Tumim 

Lady Marina Vaizey CBE 

John Ward CBE RA 

Glynn Williams 

1995 

Colin George 

Patrick Hughes 

Bryan Kneale RA 

David Lee 

Edward Lucie-Smith 

Julian Spalding 

1996 

William Boyd CBE 

Martin Gayford 

Derek Hill 

William Packer 

Jonathan Watkins 

Leslie Worth OBE 

1997 

HRH The Prince of Wales 

Susan Moore 

Michael Reynolds 

Ray Richardson 

Brian Sewell 

Anthony Solomons 

1998 

Anna Somers Cocks OBE 

Arturo Di Stefano 

David Gluck 

Richard Kendall 

Dame Rosalind Savill DBE 

Philip Solomon 

1999 

Lionel Blair 

Dame A S Byatt DBE 

Tom Coates PPNEAC 

Justin Mortimer 

Charlotte Mullins 

The Lady Patten 

2000 

Sir Peter Blake CBE RDI RA 

Dr Sally Bulgin 

Michael Parkinson CBE 

Emma Sergeant 

Colin Tweedy LVO OBE 

Dr Frank Whitford 

2001 

Robert Hiscox 

Ken Howard OBE RA 

James Lloyd 

Mary Rose Beaumont 

Sir Roy Strong FRSL 

Quentin Willson 

2002 

Graham Crowley 

Griff Rhys Jones 

Anthony Lester 

Richard Littlejohn 

Crispin Odey 

Daphne Todd OBE

 

 

2003 

Diana Armfield RA 

Bob Boas 

John Caine MBE FRSA 

Rachel Campbell-Johnston 

The Marquess of Bath 

Desmond Shawe-Taylor LVO 

2004 

Alan Grieve CBE 

Mark Lawson 

Norbert Lynton 

Peter Randall-Page 

Anne Robinson 

Anita Taylor 

2005 

Baroness Joan Bakewell DBE

Catherine Goodman LVO 

Sir Jonathan Miller CBE 

John Orbell 

Sir Martin Smith 

Nicholas Usherwood

2006

Mollie Dent Brocklehurst

William Feaver

Laura Gascoigne

Anthony Green RA 

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Stuart Pearson Wright 

2007

Sarah Armstrong Jones 

Drusilla Beyfus

Davina McCall

Jennifer McRae RSA

Dame Stephanie Shirley DBE

Charles Saumarez Smith CBE

 

 

2008

Bob Benton

Frances Carey

Fred Cuming RA

Brenda Fenton

Anita Klein

Robin Morgan 

2009

 

Peter Bowles

Julius Bryant

Gus Cummins RA

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen

Lincoln Seligman

Jackie Wallschlager 

2010

Timothy Barber

Nina Campbell

Judith Collins

Ishbel Myerscough

Mark Rappolt

Robbie Wraith RP 

2011

 

Eileen Cooper RA

John Deston

John Pluthero

Brian Sewell

Ossian Ward

Lisa Wright 

2012

 

Charles Darwent

Albert Irvin OBE

Chantal Joffe RA

Doris Lockhart Saatchi

Skye Sherwin

Gerald Walker 

2013

 

Liz Anderson

Stephen Farthing RA 

Loyd Grossman OBE 

Eileen Hogan

Estelle Lovatt FRSA 

Professor Deborah Swallow 

2014

 

Giles Brown

Nicola Green

Chris Ingram

Simon Martin

Emma Stibbon RA

Helen Sumpter 

 

2015

Emma Bridgewater

Stephen Doherty

Nicole Farhi

Larry Lamb

Steve Pill

Stephen Snoddy 

2016

 

Dan Coombs

Sacha Craddock

Michael Glover

Celia Imrie

Ian Mayes QC

Chris Orr RA 

2017

 

Ellen Bertrams

Nicola Coleby

Elmo Hood

Anne Magill

Miranda Richardson 

Simon Tait 

2018

 

Sadie Clayton

Cherie Federico

Frances Hedges

John Benjamin Hickey 

Bridget McCrum

Nick Ross 

2019

 

Gill Button

Charlotte Hodes

Kwame Kwei-Armah

John Penrose

Sir Tim Rice

Louis Wise

2020

Dale Lewis

David Remfry RA 

Beverley Knight 

Mervyn Metcalf 

Jo Baring

Tabish Khan

 

The Discerning Eye
Drawing Bursary

The Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary, currently valued at £1500, was launched in 2005 to provide an opportunity for artists to extend their practice by offering financial support and the chance to exhibit their work as part of the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition.

 

Each year artists resident in the UK are invited to submit up to three images and a short written proposal that demonstrates how the bursary will benefit their current practice. From this open submission a shortlist of artists is invited to exhibit their work alongside the ING Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

The winning artist receives £1,500 and each runner-up is awarded £150.

Our grateful thanks go to each of the Discerning Eye Educational Advisory Board, particularly for their time and good judgment alongside Discerning Eye Chair, Sarah Hall: Giles Brown, Collector; Laura Gascoigne, Art Critic; Anita Klein, Artist and James Lloyd, Artist.

Drawing Bursary
2021 Finalists

Rebecca Coleman

James Gosling

Jonathan Stockley 

Stephen West

Michael Ajerman

Katya Kvasova

View all finalists pieces

 

2021 Prizes

ING Purchase Prize:  £5,000
Rochelle Adimado: ‘Chale Wote’

The Discerning Eye Chair’s Purchase Prize: £1,000
Frances Featherstone: ‘Trust Me’
 
The Mervyn Metcalf Purchase Prize: £1,550

James Robert Morrison: ‘Michael and Sean #2’ 
 
Bursary Prize: £1,500

James Gosling

Parker Harris Prize: Mentoring 
Jessica Allen
 
The Discerning Eye Founder’s Prize- in honour of Michael Reynolds: £2,500

Tom Coates: ‘The Demonstrators, Michael Reynolds and Tony Morris’ 
 
The Discerning Eye Portrait Prize: £250

Wesley George: ‘Poppy’ 
 
The Discerning Eye Original Print Prize: £250

Rebecca Coleman: ‘Paddington Station’
 
The Discerning Eye Landscape Prize: £250

Rachel McDonnell: ‘Falling’
 
The Discerning Eye Sculpture Prize: £250

Rose Eva: ‘Green Goddess’ 
 
The Discerning Eye Cityscape Prize: £250

Peter Wylie: ‘LCC Roehampton Acton West study’ 
 
 
Regional Prizes
 
Scotland:

Robbie Bushe: ‘Single Occupancy (Albury Road)’ 
 
London and South East:

Sheila Wallis: ‘Room’ 
 
Wales:

Jane Duff: ‘Spring in Isolation’ 
 
East Anglia:

Phil Cope: ‘2020/11’ 
 
North:

Jack Kettlewell: ‘Call Me’ 
 
Midlands:

Deborah Catesby: ‘Man, Boxed’ 
 
South West: Mark Draisey:

‘Dress Code – What Happens When You Forget Your Games Kit’ 
 
Northern Ireland:

Samantha Ellis Fox: ‘Brass Buttons’

The Selectors

 

To explore the pieces curated by each selector or to find out more about them simply click below