In pictures: Threadneedle Prize 2016


The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, which represents the best in representative and figurative art, has announced its six-strong shortlist for 2016. A selection of their art goes on show to the public in London from 3 February.

The six artists shortlisted are competing for £20,000 and a solo exhibition at Mall Galleries in 2016.

All finalists will exhibit at the gallery in February before their work is exhibited at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.

Here is a selection of the hopefuls' work.

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London-based Peter Clossick is interested in people, their lives and his connection to them through the painting process. Summer Solstice is a view from his studio which looks onto his back garden, and a swing built for his three-year-old grandson.

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Lewis Hazelwood-Horner, 23, lives in Enfield. His oil on canvas, Salt in Tea is inspired by a two year artist residency project at the bespoke umbrella and walking stick manufacturer James Smith & Sons, London. It shows craftsmen at work in their workshop and refers to when they jokingly put salt in each other's tea.

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Nicholas Holmes' Winston Field is part of a larger series of collages, melding together aesthetics from both the nineteenth and twentieth century. It is inspired by the writing of authors such as William Faulkner and George Orwell.

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J Carlos Naranjo moved to London from Spain in 2014, where he had been studying art in Seville. His oil on canvas El Mameluco (After the Battle) is inspired by Goya's, El dos de mayo de 1808 en Madrid. In contrast to Goya's brutal scene, Naranjo depicts a calm starlit night.

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Laura Smith's Shells positions itself between still life painting and abstraction. She is interested in dissolving our familiarity with everyday objects. Smith was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize in 2011.

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Chris Thomas is inspired by his home in Cornwall. Sheep with their lambs are depicted in the farmland surrounding his home. They are captured in a transient moment when a group of sheep are with their lambs before they are taken for slaughter.

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