Meet the Derwent Art Prize 2022 Winners

The Derwent Art Prize 2022 received a record 6,100 artworks from 43 countries! This didn’t make the choice easy for our selectors Katy Hessel, Paul Hobson and Charmaine Watkiss, who hand-picked 72 works by 55 artists for the Derwent Art Prize 2022 exhibition…and selected five prize winners.

Five artists were awarded £12,500 in cash prizes and gifted Derwent pencils.

Meet the Derwent Art Prize 2022 Winners below!

The First Prize, worth £4,000 and a year’s supply of Derwent Art products, went to Femi Ikotun for his drawing Insecure.

Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Femi joined the awards ceremony virtually and shared his joy over the live stream: “I was very nervous when the announcement was on-going. I was elated and so proud when my name was announced as the First Winner. I’m thankful to everyone involved in the competition for recognising my efforts and rewarding my work. I promise to be a good ambassador for the Derwent Art Prize!”

Left: Femi’s sister visiting the show; Right: Femi Ikotun – Insecure

The Second Prize, worth £2,000, went to Randy Klinger for Self Portrait 53.⁠ The selectors particularly lauded the introspective honesty of the drawing and the creative use of white space to describe water droplets and back light.

Randy Klinger - Self Portrait 53

Randy Klinger – Self Portrait 53

The Young Artist Prize category rewards artists under the age of 25. 

The Young Artist First Prize worth £4,000, went to Melo Konini for Mum, I’m Bored. The Derwent Art Prize 2022 Exhibition was Melo’s first ever showcase. After the ceremony, Melo shared “I still can’t believe I won! Every shortlisted piece I saw at the opening night was brilliant, showcasing the flexibility and versatility of pencil. Thank you, Derwent Art Prize, for putting on a great competition and outstanding exhibition!”

Left: Melo Konini, Young Artist First Prize winner, next to Charmaine Watkiss, Derwent Art Prize selector, and Mike Stranders, Vice President & General Manager, Derwent; Right: Melo Konini – Mom, I’m Bored

The Young Artist Second Prize, worth £2,000 and a Derwent Lightfast 72 Tin, went to Dylan Leddington for his three entries from a series of drawings entitled Kenopsia.⁠ “I am so grateful to the Derwent Art Prize for the opportunity and to the selectors for choosing my drawings for the Young Artist Second Prize. Drawing for me has always been a stable element in my ever-changing life. This award means so much to me at a time where I am questioning certain aspects of practice and person life. I will continue to use drawing as an escape, and I can’t express how much it means to me that others like to escape into the worlds I create” says the artist.

Left: Dylan Leddington; Right: Dylan Leddington – Kenopsia

Throughout the exhibition, viewers were invited to vote for their favourite artwork online. In the end, the public has spoken and awarded the Derwent Art Prize 2022 People’s Choice Award, worth £500, to… Noor Aziz for her work Guilt.

Left: Noor Aziz; Right: Noor Aziz – Guilt

Thank you to everyone around the world who entered the Derwent Art Prize 2022. Congratulations to all the 55 shortlisted artists and a big round of applause to our 5 award-winners!

After a successful run in London at gallery@OXO, we are excited to continue the celebrations with the Paris exhibition. The #DerwentArtPrizeParis exhibition will take place on the 8th – 11th June 2022 at 35 Rue Debelleyme, Paris. We hope to see you there! The exhibition is free to visit.