We are always pleased at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery when a local artist we know does well. Laura Critchlow won the Made in Derbyshire prize in the museum’s annual art competition The Derbyshire Open in 2015. Despite being a miniature painting, Windfall stood out amongst its larger neighbours.
Windfall acrylic (copyright Laura Critchlow)
Since then, five more of Laura’s miniatures have been accepted in the Royal Miniature Societies Exhibition, held in the Mall Galleries just off Trafalgar Square in London. In 2016, Laura was appointed Associate Royal Miniature Society member, giving her the title of Laura Critchlow ARMS.
Later in the year, Laura also gained a place in the final of the National Open Art Exhibition. This time, her miniature was up against large scale work, exhibiting in the Mercers Hall, London. The tiny painting held its own as it was snapped up by a buyer.
Continuing the success, Laura’s miniature work Pear Shaped was chosen for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, also held at the Mall Galleries in London. Laura went down to the artist preview, where she got the chance to meet Chris Orr RA; the judge that chose her work. Much to her amazement, Laura won the Wright Purchase Prize along with a trophy and a cash prize. The work has been added to the Wright Art Collection.
Laura has just found out that her work Overlooked has been accepted in the Lynn Painter Stainers exhibition, running 6-18th March 2017, again held in Mall Galleries. Laura is delighted to be on the 80 person shortlist for the prize, out of 2000 entries; its highest number to date.
It’s an amazing run of triumph for Laura. However, we often find that an artist’s work speaks for itself and it goes to show that size doesn’t matter. Infact, small artworks invite the viewer to step closer and have the power to draw you in.