Winner: Santa Croce Basilica
by Chris Eckersley
Category sponsored by Corian
Chris Eckersley is an artist, designer and Fellow of the Royal College of Art. He trained as a sculptor and designs furniture for Heals, John Lewis, and Liberty among others. His furniture has been exhibited at Design Junction, London Design Festival, Clerkenwell Design Week, Design Shanghai, and has received recognition from the Crafts Council and the Design Guild Mark. His artistic career has seen his drawings and installations exhibited at the Jerwood Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Mall Galleries and the FX Drawing Competition.
His drawings of Brunelleschi's Renaissance building of the Pazzi Chapel of Santa Croce in Florence are in the words of one judge 'achingly beautiful'. He examined, measured and drew the buildings again and again to reflect the proportions of the Renaissance principles of being rational, logical, mathematical and humanist in their construction. Another judge commented that you could love his drawing without knowing anything of the Renaissance or the Pazzi Chapel and still appreciate Chris Eckersley's expressive, emotional and artistic skill of drawing.
Finalists & judges' comments
The judges said:
'A standalone artwork by itself. Beautiful drawing of Brunelleschi's Renaissance building.'
'Rhythmic and descriptive
'Open freehand style with great detailing'
RIP Sir Christopher Lee by Bradley Smart
St Paul's Cathedral, London by Luke Hawker
'Wow! Powerful use of tone to maximise visual impact of St Paul's'
Rokin Amsterdam by Studio Ellessi
'Great attention to details and exciting contrast between black and patterm'