Anglia Ruskin student lands major British art prize

Published: 28 February 2017 at 10:30

Painting by student Julia Moscardo

Judges describe Júlia Moscardó’s impressive portrait as ‘reminiscent of early Picasso’

MA Children’s Book Illustration student Júlia Moscardó has won this year’s £5,000 Brian Botting Prize for an outstanding representation of the human form. 
The oil painting by the 26-year-old Spanish painter and illustrator, who lives in Cambridge, was praised by the judges for its sensitivity and skill, with the Chair of judges, Daphne Todd OBE, saying the mood of the Anglia Ruskin University student’s work was “reminiscent of early Picasso”.

Todd, a leading painter and judge on BBC One’s The Big Painting Challenge, praised Júlia work. She said: 
“What came across to the judges most immediately was the sense of mood, reminiscent of early Picasso. 

“The artist's sensitive, almost transparent, touch belies a very sound understanding of how light describes form, the tones being graded not only from light to dark but from hot to cold. Just look how the light reflected from the cheek onto the nostril is beautifully observed, providing a delicious warm orange accent!
“Júlia Moscardó shows great potential and we’re thrilled to award her the Brian Botting Prize.”

Júlia said: 

“This win means a lot to me. It will give me the help and support to keep funding myself and my work. It’s the first major art competition I’ve entered. My subject, Elfe, was a German girl I met during the last year of my degree. I thought she looked quite poetic, quite thoughtful.

“With this win behind me, I want to keep working and keep drawing, moving onto my next project. It’s all about learning more. I love developing characters and seeing where the creative process takes me.”
Júlia MoscardóJúlia was born and grew up in the Valencia region of Spain. She first came to the UK in 2013 to study at the University of Leeds for nine months before returning in 2015 to study for the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a graduate in Fine Arts from the Fine Arts Academy of Sant Carles in Valencia.
Her work is currently on display at the MA Children’s Book Illustration graduation exhibition in the Ruskin Gallery and it will also go on show at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
Júlia’s winning painting, Elfe, will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London from 6-18 March as part of the Lynn Painter-Stainers competition exhibition. The Brian Botting Prize of £5,000, for an outstanding representation of the human figure by an artist aged 30 or under, is one of four prizes that form the competition.