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We present… • MARK McCALLUM An artist who always strives to achieve an emotively charged piece
David Barber • A Deputy Headteacher who waved goodbye to a 20-year teaching career and fat salary to become a full-time artist. Ramsha Vistro finds out why
Chris Rivers • Oil artist Chris Rivers tells us how his career as a drummer led to life as a full-time artist
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Ed Fairburn • Working from a blank canvas can be intimidating for any artist, which is one reason why ED FAIRBURN repurposes old maps, transforming them into beautiful, highly-detailed portraits. Niki Browes finds out about his practice
Ian Bourne • He might be an award-winning photorealism artist with an A-list client base, but IAN BOURNE isn’t ready to give up his full-time job in healthcare. He explains why to Niki Browes
THE WINNERS • This year, our major national art competition was a huge success and thousands of entries were whittled down to 50 paintings. Here are the winning artists – in their own words
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Great Britain’s hidden art gems • It’s no secret that the UK is home to extraordinary pieces of art and host to exciting, innovative exhibitions. From Renaissance retrospectives to showcases from modern masters, there is always something rousing to see, says Martha Alexander
Coloured pencil portraits Complementary palettes • In the penultimate instalment of JAKE SPICER’S series exploring coloured pencil portrait palettes, he’ll be delving into the unusual images that can be created using a complementary colour palette
Child’s play • Even though painting children isn’t the easiest, TERENCE CLARKE says that shouldn’t put you off. Here he shows you how he painted his great nephew Henry in oil and acrylic
Spirit of place • Capturing landscapes with atmosphere has always been at the heart of RAY BALKWILL’s paintings but as he explains, one has to delve deeper to capture their authenticity
Watermelon Sugar • Last year’s British Art Prize winner LOTTA TEALE saw her career transformed as her win meant she was taken on by a central London gallery. To congratulate this year’s winners, she paints a scene from Jerusalem, where she now lives
Picture this • In every issue, we ask an artist to tell us about...