We have a winner (and two runners-up) in our inaugural RAM Gallery Art Competition! We wish to thank all of the gifted artists who took the time to create and submit such a high calibre of work - it made the judging process very hard!! Bloodstock founder, festival Dad and renowned fantasy artist, Paul Gregory and his fellow creative, Mark Wilkinson (illustrator of album sleeves for Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Marillion, The Darkness and more) pondered for days over all the amazing entries, reading through all the lyrics of the songs inspiring the art. It was a very tough call to pick winners, but we're pleased to announce that Steph Reed is the winner of our very first RAM Gallery art competition with her painting, inspired by Dimmu Borgir's 'Lightbringer'.
WINNER : Steph Reed - inspired by Dimmu Borgir's 'Lightbringer'
Runner Up : Jose Canales with his interpretation of Mercyful Fate's 'Into The Coven
Runner Up : Melanie Harrison's depiction of another Dimmu track, 'Blessings Upon The Throne Of Tyranny
Paul tells us;“Picking a winner was not an easy task. All of the artists have our greatest respect for their time and effort. Steph Reed’s painting encapsulated everything she wanted to say and more. A powerful image.” Our two runners-up are Jose Canales with his interpretation of Mercyful Fate's 'Into The Coven' and Dimmu Borgir have been proving inspirational, as Melanie Harrison's depiction of another Dimmu track, 'Blessings Upon The Throne Of Tyranny' grabs that second spot. Each winner's work will hang in the purpose-built, professionally-lit RAM Gallery on-site at the festival, each will receive a pair of 5-day standard tickets to the festival, plus a personal tour of the gallery with Paul and the chance to watch their chosen band (that they've created their artwork for) from the side of the stage? You will of course be able to see all three works in the flesh at Catton Park this August!