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Second-time winner of Artist of the Year inspired by coastline.

THE top award in the Welsh Artist of the Year competition has been won by a painter inspired by the West Wales coastline.

Cardiff artist Brendan Stuart Burns took the first prize of the Daler-Rowney Painting Award in the annual competition which is in its fourth year, for the second time.

The 39-year-old artist won the award for his work Spindrift - in oil wax and perspex on board.

Speaking after the announcement he said, ``It's a great surprise to win it twice. It is not what you would expect but I am really pleased.''

He explained that his work was inspired by the West Wales coast.

``They are all inspired by Pembrokeshire and Druidston beach in particular, from walks along the beach.''

Spindrift, completed in February, is one of a series of works that capture the feel of the coast.

``They are about contemplating reflective surfaces - watching a rock pool decant - and a self-indulgent level to that contemplation,'' explained the artist, ``There is a physical depth as well as an illusory one.''

Mr Burns was awarded pounds 1,000 for winning the painting award.

The second prize went to Philip Nicol for his oil panel Shift (Midnight).

The third prize - the St David's Hall Craft Award went to Anna Noel, for her ceramic work Rider.

The Welsh Artist of the Year competition has been running since 2000 and this year attracted more than 400 entries from artists across Wa es .

A total of 143 selected works entered in to the competition, including the prizewinners, will be on show at St David's Hall, Cardiff until August 2.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 9, 2003
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