For the 4th consecutive year Hine is proud to sponsor a Painting Prize at the Royal College of Art Graduate Exhibition, arguably the most influential university of art and design.

Previous winners include David Viscardi, Mathis Gasser and Lian Zhang, all of whom have gone on to launch extremely exciting careers in the arts. This year, the work was as distinguished and thought-provoking as we have come to expect, the outcome of a two year programme and a lot of hard work.

This year we were delighted to be joined by Edouard Guerrand, Owner of Hine Vintage Cognacs, and Francois le Grelle, Managing Direct, for the selection process. Edouard Guerrand is an avid follower and collector of the arts and therefore relished the opportunity to visit the exhibition and consider which work deserved the title of the Hine Painting Prize 2014.

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 prize is Roy Immanuel and his work, Rock and a Hard Place which is soon to become a wonderful addition to Hine’s art collection.

Roy works in a very responsive way, by listening to a piece of music and responding through his painting. He explained that this particular painting had been the outcome of 5 hours’ intensive work after having been inspired by music. His exhibition was accompanied by music so that visitors could experience first-hand the context in which he works.

Francois Le Grelle commented that “We are delighted to be supporting one of the most respected MA Painting Courses and are thrilled to be helping an emerging young artist at a crucial period of their career.  I am looking forward to adding Roy’s painting to our Royal College of Art collection at Maison Hine”.

The graduates enjoyed a well-deserved party at the opening of the exhibition with drinks provided by Hine Cognac and Fever-Tree.

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