Stephen Cheeseman’s dramatic Tour de France painting, capturing a sprint finish by cyclist Mark Cavendish, won the Eastbourne Herald prize at the Society of Eastbourne Artists’ exhibition at the weekend.
The two-day exhibition, which was opened by the Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Mike Thompson, featured around 300 paintings on display at the Town Hall.
Bexhill-based Stephen said he was delighted to pick up the prestigious award.
He said, “The painting really was inspired by Mark Cavendish who, having fallen off and lost three minutes on the lead with only 30 minutes of the race to go, recovered his position with the help of team cars and team mates, bunny hopping over kerbs and roundabouts to take part in the sprint, just to be pipped at the post.
“It still gives me goose bumps thinking about it.”
Andrew Forrest, chairman of the society, revealed that the exhibition had raised £656.30 for the Mayor’s Charities; Matthew 25 Mission and Chloe’s Fight for Sight