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Islington Tribune - by PETER GRUNER
Published: 14 November 2008

Islington artist Melissa Scott-Miller at work
Artist Melissa in the frame to scoop £15,000 prize for her school scene

POPULAR Barnsbury artist Melissa Scott-Miller has been short-listed for a £15,000 prize for a new colourful portrait of her local primary school.
Mother-of-two Melissa, a member of the Royal Society of Painters, submitted the painting of Thornhill Primary School called “Islington Kids” for the prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers prize, co-sponsored by The Spectator magazine.
Realism artist Melissa, from Lonsdale Square, who has been artist in residence at Thornhill, is famous locally for painting scenes of Islington which went on show at last year’s Royal Academy ­summer exhibition.
Talking about her latest competition entry, she said: “I sat outside Thornhill last May on a couple of really sunny days and just painted. I’m very pleased with it but I won’t know until next Monday if I have won.”
More than 800 artists put forward paintings but Melissa is one of only five finalists. She will win £1,000 even if she is not the overall winner.
Two of her most recent works have been Camden Lock, commissioned and sold privately to a businessman in Hampstead, and the Imperial War Museum, presented to its retiring general ­director, Sir Robert Crawford in September this year.
The Thornhill school painting shows her own son Adam, aged nine, with his friend James. Sitting down is Denver, 10, with James’s dog ­Buddie.
Now in its fourth year, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize champions the wealth of otherwise unseen and under-rated art in the UK today.
Judges include
The Spectator’s art critic Laura Gascoigne, artist Anthony Green RA, artist Daphne Todd OBE and Benjamin Sullivan, an artist and winner of Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2007.
The exhibition of 64 selected works by 60 artists will take place in the Painters’ Hall, 9 Little Trinity Lane, EC4, 10am-4pm, Monday-Sunday from November 19 to 29.

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