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New Award For Puddletown Artist


6:47am 15th September 2015

Dorset artist, Paul Matthews, who previously won The Chester Zoo Award at The National Exhibition of Wildlife Artists, has received another award for his exotic wildlife depictions.

The painter from Puddletown took first place in the Shards Endangered Species competition for his piece 'Amur Tiger Cold Stare', based on a tiger called Boris that lives in a wildlife park in Denmark.

As Paul Matthews explains: "He was resting on this log and looking at this child that was playing in front of us, I think may be possibly the thought of food, but the expression he had I thought would be perfect for a painting."

Held at Bournemouth International Centre, the competition is one of two that run every summer as part of the Shards Art Exhibition.

The main aim of the Shards organisation is to bring emerging and established artists work to wider audience.

Matthews also recieved commendation in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013.

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