Press Release: Hunt Medal Winner 2015
The Steven Campbell Trust are delighted to announce that the Hunt Medal winner for 2015 is Glasgow School of Art graduate, Leo Arnold.
‘Shadow’. Oil on Canvas. © Leo Arnold, 2015
Quote from Carol Campbell, Chair of The Steven Campbell Trust and widow of the artist:
‘It was one of those moments when you just ‘know’ that it’s right. Our prize is for Poetic Creativity and Leo’s paintings resonated before we even spoke with him.
We never ask for any background information before judging, preferring to let the work speak as it would in a gallery setting but, decision made, it always pleases Sandy Moffat (former Head of Fine Art, GSA) and I to have our hunches confirmed as regards committment, ideas etc.
Leo came through with flying colours as a young man of passion and integrity with strong ideas and an amazing artistic journey ahead. We at the Steven Campbell Trust wish him well and shall watch his progress with great interest.’
Quote from Leo Arnold on receiving this award:
‘As an aspiring painter I was very flattered to discover that I had won a prize that related to Steven Campbell who was, of course, an important and influential painter from Glasgow himself.
As a young artist Campbell was notoriously daring. He took risks to cement a path that made him stand out and led him to make exceptional work and so I feel very lucky to receive this award as a young artist and a painter too.
I will keep his example in mind as I try to fulfil my artistic ambitions.’