Scilly Artist Shortlisted In Nationwide Painting Contest

Stephen Morris with a print of his painting

Stephen Morris with a print of his painting

A Scilly-based artist has been shortlisted for a national painting competition.

Stephen Morris, who owns Glandore Gallery at Porthloo, is one of fifty artists who have made it through to the final stages of the Artist of the Year competition, run by Artists and Illustrators magazine.

Stephen entered “on a whim” after seeing it advertised in a sister publication.

He says tens of thousands of artists normally enter these competitions, and he didn’t think anything of it, until he received an email last month saying that he’d got through.

His entry is a painting called ‘Amethyst Sunset’ a watercolour of the view over Samson from Porthloo, below Juliet’s Garden.

Stephen says it’s one of the iconic views of Scilly and the most popular painting he’s done this year.

But he almost sold it before entering the competition.

He felt at the time that he wanted to keep it longer, and says he’s now glad he put the price up!

A mainland friend had to drop it off in London and all the shortlisted paintings will be displayed at a special exhibition at the Mall Gallery in early January.

The winner will be decided by the public and Stephen says he’s been “shamelessly touting for votes” among friends, family and visitors to his studio.

He’s asking islanders to do the same and there’s a link on his website at

The prize for the top painting is a solo exhibition, which Stephen says he’d really like, and feels it would also put Scilly on the map.

He’ll find out if he’s won at a special event in January.

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