£10,000 painting prize pot scooped by Newham artist for Bethnal Green Cafe piece

Winning entry "Nico's Cafe"

Winning entry "Nico's Cafe" - Credit: Archant

An artist from Newham has won a life-changing prize pot after being named the first winner of a new east London painting competition.

East London Painting Prize winner Nathan Eastwood

East London Painting Prize winner Nathan Eastwood - Credit: Archant

East London Painting Prize winner Nathan Eastwood has won £10,000 and solo show at the Nunnery Gallery, Bow, this year after his work was selected from more than 300 submissions by a panel of curators and artists.

Originally from Scotland but now living and working in Newham, the 41-year-old’s winning entry was a black and white painting of an old man in a café entitled Nico’s Cafe, based on a café just around the corner from his studio in Bethnal Green.

It was created using enamel paint on board and a grey palette.

Claire Gevaux, head of creative programmes at the London Legacy List, said: “We are delighted that Nathan, with his representation of everyday life in east London, has been awarded this prize.”


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The prize was created by Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park charity The London Legacy List in association with the Goldhill Family, Zabludowicz Collection and Bow Arts.

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