On Tuesday 4 August I was asked to select a work featured in the Battle and District Arts Group summer exhibition to award the annual De La Warr Pavilion Prize. The paintings and drawings on display were extremely varied in their themes and the quality of work very good overall. After some deliberation, I settled on a small study by Michael Irish. In a room full of generally much larger pieces, I found myself being drawn repeatedly back to this little work. I particularly liked the stark, almost architectural, composition and Michael’s concentration on simple forms. I was intrigued by the crisp shadows and sharp angles and felt that this stripped down still-life was a deserving winner.
Rowan Bunney, Exhibition Organiser @ DLWP