A third year Painting and Drawing student from the University of Gloucestershire is now embarking on commissioned portraits after scooping the Hans Brinker Budget Trophy in Amsterdam – one of the largest single prizes available to student artists.

Artist Lee Fowler, took home a cheque for 5,000 euros for her series of portraits and was one of a group of students from the University who attended the Hans Brinker Trophy Exhibition. The event is now in its 11th year and the University of Gloucestershire has been sending students to take part in it for the last nine years.

Five students each from five invited British colleges, along with some from Amsterdam, put on an exhibition over the ground floor of the Hans Brinker Hotel, Amsterdam. The event culminated with over 500 visitors voting for their favourite work at a private viewing.

Lee said: “It was an amazing experience to be involved and I was very shocked to have won something. I realise now that it has made me proud to be an artist for the first time and I am very grateful to everyone involved. I enjoy experimenting with light and colour in my portraits and was also lucky enough to receive some commissions for my work so am looking forward to undertaking those.”

This is the second win for the University of Gloucestershire; the last being eight years ago, with only Gloucestershire and Wimbledon College of Art to have won more than once.

Source: University of Gloucestershire