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Margate artist nominated for national drawing prize

By ThomasBrown  |  Posted: July 08, 2013

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A MARGATE artist has been nominated for a national prize.

Roy Eastland's large silverpoint drawing has been shortlisted for the 2013 Jerwood Drawing Prize at the exhibition of Contemporary Drawing in London in September.

The ornate piece entitled "They looked like silver birds. The sun was shining on them..." made up of 68 small panels containing portrait drawings will tour various galleries around the country.

The title comes from an eye witness memory of the event. The things that looked like 'silver birds' was a group of the new type of German bombers called the Gotha returning from an abandoned bombing mission to London and looking for targets before crossing the Channel.

The piece features hand-written text telling stories of the victims of the Tontine Street bomb explosion during the Great Folkestone Air Raid of May 1917.

For more details on the research behind the work, visit www.royeastland.wordpress.com

Roy teaches Life and Portrait Drawing at Margate Adult Education Centre in Hawley Square. His Wednesday and Thursday classes start from September.

See behind-the-scenes video footage of the work:

See video footage of last year’s winner Karolina Glusiec:

Velocity (Trailer) from karolina glusiec on Vimeo.

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