It’s been all pressure recently for Leicester-born artist Anil Patel from Oadby. Self-taught amateur artist Anil is currently one of the 10 contestants appearing on BBC1 on Sunday evenings at 6pm in the 2nd series of ‘The Big Painting Challenge’, and this week sees him celebrate getting through to the fourth round of six of the programme after being the only artist so far to win the public vote twice in a row, exempting him from elimination by the judges!
The Big Painting Challenge takes 10 amateur artists chosen from thousands and thousands that applied, through tough painting challenges and masterclasses with different subjects being chosen each week for them to paint. Anil said “It’s really hard work to be honest. Whilst we were filming it was very early starts and extremely long days, not to mention trying to create credible pieces of art under very tight time constraints!”
Artists have 2-4 hour time slots to create the works which are initially dissected by their mentors, this is followed by their main task in which they have 3-4 hours to paint the subject, which is then critiqued and judged by professional artists Daphne Todd and Lachlan Goudie.
Anil said “It’s sometimes hard to stand there and take the criticism from the judges on national TV, however, it’s the only way we as artists learn to improve. I enjoy changing the structure and texture of the physical canvas I am painting on and I was keen to develop the use of these techniques during my time on the show. My ultimate goal is to become a better painter and one day be a full-time artist, which is why I applied for the show in the first place, to see what I could learn."
Graphic designer and printer Anil has been artistic since childhood – he can even recall drawing all over the walls of his family home as a child! A passionate athlete and football fan, he has previously won a competition with his favourite football club, Leicester City FC, to design a feature mural which is can be seen in the concourse at the club. Anil also appeared on Sky’s ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’ in 2017 as a Wildcard, examples of his work can be seen on his website.