‘I Dreamt Of Paris Again Last Night' from Seppe de Meyere is the winner of Painting of the Year 2021! He was announced the winner by the professional jury on December 15th in a live online meeting with the other top 10 finalists. Here is what the jury had to say about the winner:
'A compositional perfectly balanced portrait with many functional details that are not noticeable at first glance. The lamp in the background, the fish shapes on the left, the abstracted logo on the sweater, the fragments of chair and cups, the blue glasses, the yellow/blue shapes at the center of the lower part of the painting, and so on. The fun and boldness in painting splashes from all these details as well as from the entire painting. The painter has a very good sense of form which he plays with at the same time. The technical shortening of the hand, for example, is perfectly executed and then suddenly the viewer discovers "the third arm" which comes across very naturally and is not disturbing either, as if a movement is being recorded. The painting has a very contemporary look and breathes a kind of Instagram atmosphere: #nofilter. The green background works its way into the hair and functions as a strong repoussoir for the portrait. The painting does not get boring and remains exciting at every glance. Even the red of the sweater is nowhere the same. In fact, the painting seems to get better with each new look.'
Here you can read the full jury reports of the rest of the top 10 of Painting of the year 2021