Old tray found in skip inspired award-winning artist - The Leamington Observer

Old tray found in skip inspired award-winning artist

AN OLD tray found in a skip provided the inspiration for a prize-winning artist.

Lorsen Camps’ work Breakfast in Bead has won the Open 2019 exhibition at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum.

Lorsen explained: “It is an old tray I pulled out of a skip in Durham about ten years ago. The tray sat in my loft for years until I had to decide what to do with it. I decided to create a breakfast tray and what better or more iconic than a full English.

“The use of Hama beads seemed a good choice I love their bright colours and the pixelated look they give. I like the concept of taking a material or medium that is seen as ‘unworthy’ and bringing it to the fore.”

As the overall winner Lorsen also scooped £1000, an exhibition in the gallery and museum’s spotlight alcove, and the opportunity to give a Friday Focus talk on his work.

The biennial exhibition, open to all West Midlands-based professional artists, can be seen until May 26.

Visitors to the free exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork, and the one which receives the most public votes will be presented with the People’s Choice Award of £500.

The Open exhibition has been running since the 1930s but this was the first year that all applications were submitted online.

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