Mike Holtom Award


Mike and one of his oils.
Mike and one of his oils.

The artist Mike Holtom who died early 2017 had been part of the Inpired by Becker project since its inception in 2013. As a committee member he played a major role in the work of planning and running the annual exhibition. He also participated in our regular plein-air sketching meetings. His sardonic sense of humour and generally affable character made him a ‘good bloke’ and we all miss him a great deal. Mike’s page is retained on this site where you can find his statement about how the work of Harry Becker inspired his own painting.

Mike’s family gave us permission to set up the Mike Holtom Award which, each year will be presented to the artist whose work best represented that year’s theme.

2019 Award theme

This year we were inspired to suggest the following idea for artists to enjoy:

Choose one original Becker work, and explore how you want to respond to it, creating an original piece which reflects this response.

Our judge was Meryl Doney, curator and former London gallerist.