The Art of Giving: Artists Make Creative Resolutions


winsor & newton, safety, oil painters

It is cold and forbidding outside so now is the time to sit by the fire and make plans for the forthcoming year. Why not challenge yourself artistically and try something new and out of your comfort zone? Make 2015 the year that you take on that new technique or have a go with those untried materials. With the festive season fast approaching Winsor & Newton offer a great range of Gift Sets to get you started on your artistic New Years’ resolution.

Winsor & Newton support the Griffin Art Prize and five of the artists who have won the residency in London tell us what their artistic New Years’ resolutions will be. 

             Alzbeta Jaresova was born in 1987 in Prague, Czech Republic and currently lives and works in London. After completing an MA in Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts in 2012, Jaresova won the inaugural Griffin Art Prize in the same year. Recently Jaresova has been selected for exhibitions such as The Future Can Wait in 2013 and the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Publications include the annual Catlin Guide curated by Justin Hammond, and 100 London Artist Vol.1 selected by Zavier Ellis and Edward Lucie-Smith. She will be featured in New Objectives Magazine, due to launch in January 2015. 
Alzbeta Jaresova


I have been thinking about this for a while and my New Years’ resolution is to develop the use of watercolour in my work, combining it with drawing to create images that are both highly detailed and expressive at the same time. I place a lot of importance on the quality of the materials and tools that I use and therefore the Series 7 Gift set of 4 small round brushes is the ideal set to get me started on my new project. Known for their great colour-carrying capacity and consistent colour flow, the Kolinsky brushes deliver the high level of control that I look for in a brush.

Series 7 Gift set of 4 small round brushes 







Elizabeth Rose was born in Canterbury, Kent in 1986. She studied English and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham before graduating from Painting at City and Guilds of London Art School in 2013, where early in her final year she started collaborating with Luke George. In the same year they were joint winners of the Griffin Art Prize. George and Rose had their first solo show in May 2014 at Surface Gallery, London. They are currently planning a residency in San Juan, Ibiza, supported by designer Katrina Phillips.

Luke George was born in London in 1989. He graduated from Painting at City and Guilds of London Art School in 2013, where early in his final year he started collaborating with Elizabeth Rose. In the same year they were joint winners of the Griffin Art Prize. George and Rose had their first solo show in May 2014 at Surface Gallery, London. They are currently planning a residency in San Juan, Ibiza, supported by designer Katrina Phillips.

 Luke George & Elizabeth Rose

 Cotman Water Colour A2 Easel Set

My Artistic New Years’ Resolution is to paint every day and to improve my observational studies.  My partner and I are going to Ibiza for a residency and I would like to take the opportunity to put my resolution into practice by immersing myself in the landscape of the island. The Cotman Watercolour Easel Set includes everything that I will need to make paintings outdoors (hopefully Luke will let me borrow his sable brushes too!).  An easel is essential for painting en plein air, it will provide a stable surface for me to work on, and the watercolours, brushes and palette mean that I can start painting as soon as we get there. The compact nature of the easel is useful for traveling around too.

Luke's Choice 

 Series 7 Three Brush Set

In the New Year I am going to San Juan, Ibiza for a residency with my partner.  The first thing that we plan to do is to sketch our surroundings and scale the island in search of subject matter, in a similar way as we did for the Griffin Art Prize for which we explored London’s most prolific sites before discovering our inspiration.  The Kolinsky Sable brushes would give me the opportunity to paint in the landscape - they are exquisite brushes (made by the order of Queen Victoria, no less!) all three make different marks, and I feel that a few brushstrokes would enable me to capture the “essence” of the scenery.  Further to this, the case that they come in is very durable so would enable me to transport them without fear of damage. 

Chudamani Clowes grew up in west London. She initially graduated from the University in Hull in Biology. A teacher and potter for twenty years she has been the head of Art and Design at the two schools where she has worked. Clowes graduated from a part time degree at Central St Martin’s with first class honours and has graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Fine Art in 2014, winning the Griffin Art Prize in the same year. She has participated in numerous group shows in both Britain and Germany. 
 Chudamani Clowes
 Professional Water Colour Suitcase

My New Year’s resolution is to experiment and be more spontaneous with my palette of watercolours. I am on holiday in Barcelona this summer and I would love to capture in watercolour the street festivals that take place in the old Barri Gotics part of the city. The streets are electric; there is a stream of colour like a neon tidal wave. To record such an amazing depth of colour and rapture would be fantastic. I will splash my brush heavy with colour on to my sketchbook. In a way I imagine mimicking the magical fireworks up in the sky. My watercolour set will have to be compact and durable. It will give me the flexibility to manoeuvre it through the winding streets at speed. In order to capture the Papier Mache heads and vibrant costumes I will wet the paper of the sketchbook. This means the touch of colour from the palette will seep out across the page and explode. From these quick marks, I can build layer upon layer and drag my brush in a purposeful way. I will use Winsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid to shield out areas that are not to be painted and even cling film to create effects on the paper. I can’t wait to take my watercolour suitcase on holiday with me this summer.    

  Born in 1983 in Villamartin, Cádiz, Spain. Naranjo graduated MFA: Concept and Production in 2010, from the University of Seville. Group exhibitions include, NEIGHBOURS II CAC Málaga, CALL 2012 Luis Adelantado Gallery and SUMMA ART FAIR, Madrid, Spain.  He  has had two solo shows, “Caprichos y Disparates” in Gallery Birimbao, 2012 and "OJO POR OJO" Council of Cadiz. Naranjo has won two major awards in Spain. In 2011, FIGURATIVES 11 Fundacion de las Artes and  in 2013 he receives the 28º BMW award from HM Queen Sofia of Spain. In 2014 he won the GRIFFIN ART PRIZE Iberia and has been selected for Contemporary visions V at Beers contemporary 29th January-7th March 2015. 
 Jose-Carlos Naranjo  

 Artists Oil Colour Suitcase

My New Years’ Resolution was made for me when I won the Griffin Art Prize Iberia. I take up the residency in January but I am looking for new horizons and have decided to stay on and work in the UK. This beautiful Winsor & Newton Artists Oil Colour suitcase is the perfect way to start my new life in London and move my oil paintings from one place to another. I want to continue living here a long time and this case will always be with me.