HOUSTON, May 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hunting PLC announced that Fire by Houston artist Kevin Peterson is the winner of the $50,000 Hunting Art Prize for 2015.
The painting was selected from over 100 finalists in the 35th annual award program, which is sponsored by the global oil services company and is the most generous annual art prize in North America for painting and drawing.
Peterson has been a finalist five times in the last eight years and his entry was featured on the annual Hunting Art Prize keepsake poster produced in 2008. Announcement of his winning came during an evening awards gala recently held at the Friedkin Companies Campus, Gulf States Toyota, in Houston.
"It is such a privilege to be included among the unbelievably gifted artists who have been named winners of this prestigious prize," said Peterson. "As a longtime participant in the competition, I have to say this is an incredible accomplishment and a life-changing recognition. I couldn't be more honored to earn this generous award."
Peterson's works explore the varied journeys of life, detailing the experience of growing up and living in a world that is broken. His paintings address trauma and fear, and bring forth the loneliness and strength required to survive and thrive.
Contrasting the untainted innocence of youth with a worn, ragged, and defiled world, his works encompass divergent themes of support versus restraint, bondage versus freedom, and tension versus slack, while communicating feelings of isolation, loneliness, and longing that are teamed with an optimistic sense of hope.
His works have been shown around the globe, including in shows and exhibitions in Germany, California, New York, and Florida. He studied art at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2001.
For more information on the winner, visit: http://kevinpetersonstudios.com/
The Hunting Art Prize is open to artists throughout Texas who are 18 years of age or older. This year's competition saw more than 1,600 entries from a number of cities and towns throughout the state. Submissions underwent a two-tiered jury process, after which nationally respected judges from Florida, Virginia, and Kentucky selected Peterson's work as the winner.
On behalf of the 2015 competition, Hunting PLC will present a charitable contribution at an upcoming event to Patriot PAWS Service Dogs. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to inspiring and restoring the physical and emotional independence of disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities by providing service dogs at no cost.
For more information on the prize, visit www.huntingartprize.com.
About the 2015 Hunting Art Prize Charity
Patriot PAWS Service Dogs was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit entity providing service dogs to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities at no cost in an effort to inspire and restore physical and emotional independence. Depending on the needs of each individual, service dogs complete a customized training program and learn to perform a variety of functions, including supporting patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. For further information, visit http://patriotpaws.org.
About Hunting PLC
Hunting PLC is an international oil services company providing support solutions to the world's largest oil and gas concerns. Established in 1874, it is a fully listed public company, traded on the London Stock Exchange. For further information, visit www.hunting.plc.uk.
SOURCE Hunting PLC