Ewan John and Simon Macintosh Turcan Connell prize

Linlithgow artist Ewan John has won the £250 Turcan Connell Prize at the 133rd Annual Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour which opened on Thursday (28th February 2013) at the Royal Scottish Academy Building in Edinburgh.

Ewan graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1996. In addition to paintings, he writes and illustrates his own short stories and verse which he self publishes. He exhibits regularly in group and solo shows.

Talking about the winning painting Elizabeth Mouse Portrait, he said"I use watercolours regularly and wanted to paint a portrait for my series of Regency Mice. I am inspired by portrait paintings dating from the Regency period and this sometimes extends to researching and attempting to recreate the techniques used at the time. The painting may look small and simple, however, it took a long time and a few failed attempts before achieving the correct aged look and desired delicacy in the work. These Regency Mice are the original works for a new book I am currently working on, entitles A Mouse Miscalleny."

The exhibition, which is open until 24th March, features over 250 new paintings by over 170 leading and emerging artists from across Scotland including Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, Emma Davis, Will Maclean, Gordon Mitchell, Angus McEwan, Barbara Rae, Adrian Wiszniewski and HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, Patron of the Society.

The exhibition can also be viewed online at www.rswgallery.org.uk during the exhibition dates.