Young Artist Collects Prestigious Art Prize in London

Holly Brookes, 21, (pictured right) was named winner of the Young & Wild category at the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s (DSWF) 2015 Wildlife Artist of the Year prize-giving event at the Mall Galleries in London on Monday June 29. Holly accepted the £500 prize from wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE and DSWF CEO, Sally Case.

Commenting on the winning piece, ‘Storm Damage’, judge and Director of art gallery and museum inspired by nature, Nature in Art, Simon Trapnell said: “Good art has difficulty preaching but Holly Brookes has successfully combined the message and enhanced it with a great title.”

Living in Herefordshire, Holly has the opportunity to explore local farms, rivers and woodlands. The landscape and wildlife are personal to her; a familiar yet fascinating kingdom which never fails to inspire. Holly expresses this appreciation for her natural surroundings in a style which explores my fascination with detail and texture. She is also inspired by the contrasts within nature: simplicity and complexity; beauty and brutality; light and dark. In 2014, Holly graduated from Aberystwyth University with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art (specialising in Printmaking).

Holly Brookes’ winning entry (below) and all the Wildlife Artist of the Year shortlisted entries are available to buy now at the exhibition that runs at the Mall Galleries, London SW1A until Saturday 4th July at 4pm.

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