The Threadneedle Prize, which represents the best in representative and figurative art, has announced its six-strong shortlist for 2014. A selection of their art goes on show to the public in London from 25 September. Here is a selection of the hopefuls' work.
The six artists shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize are competing for £20,000 and a solo exhibition at Mall Galleries in London next year.
Zimbabwe-born artist Craig Wylie lives and works in London. He creates paintings based upon people he knows and won the BP Portrait award in 2008.
Thomas Allen is a self-taught artist. The concepts behind his work often draw upon the ideas he was exposed to while studying for his degree in sociology.
David Teager Portman's latest work has been described by the Saatchi Art website as being about "abstract stories or fables, communicating direct as well as ambiguous and duplicitous meanings".
Sarah Ball grew up in South Yorkshire and studied at Newport Art College. She is currently Welsh artist of the year and is working towards a show in Dallas this autumn. This series of works is titled Damaged Humans 2014.
Sue Williams A'Court began her career in illustrating. She reinvents landscape and spaces, drawing from the Romantic tradition with the use of jewel-like geometry and portals of light.
Tina Jenkins's work plays on and around paintings' historical constructs and limitations. Her influences include philosopher Henri Bergman and psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Lacan.