Our Next Showdown Competition: In Glorious Colour

Showdown In Glorious Color

 ”Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.”  -Paul Gauguin

The Saatchi Gallery and Saatchi Online in association with Winsor & Newton are delighted to announce the In Glorious Colour Showdown competition, which is open for submissions from January 20th- February 2nd.

Throughout history, artists have been drawn to colour and have used it in a multitude of ways: to signify, to  emphasize, to create depth, and to evoke a powerful mood or feeling either by focusing on the qualities of an individual colour or the intensity that can be achieved when using colours together.

Colour can be traced back to the earliest cave paintings where artists used earth minerals to record details  of their life and has since inspired many styles of art, including Impressionism, Fauvism, Colour Field, Colour Photography, and De Stijl, and in modern and contemporary art, colour has often been the subject of a work.

The mid to late 18th century was a period of significant advances in the production of artists’ colours. Key colourmen from that period, such as Winsor & Newton, had a radical impact on artists’ work with their creation of a vast palette of colours, many of which are still used by artists today.

Given the powerful role colour has had in the history of art, In Glorious Colour Showdown competition is open to submissions in any medium and in any style which demonstrate colour as a major influence.

Showdown is a competition hosted by Saatchi Online for artists all over the world to showcase their work  and be given the chance for it to be judged by internationally acclaimed artists and curators. It is also a great opportunity for collectors to discover emerging artists from around the world. Previous judges include Barnaby Furnas, Ged Quinn, Wangechi Mutu, Peter Coffin, Dexter Dalwood, Matthias Weischer and Chantal Joffe.

Winsor & Newton

For the In Glorious Colour Showdown we are delighted to be partnering with Winsor & Newton, who have been making the finest art materials since the company was founded in 1832.  The winner and runner-up of In Glorious Colour will receive art materials to the value of £1000 and £500 GBP respectively. The Showdown exhibition, featuring the work of the 10 finalists will take place at Winsor & Newton’s gallery, Griffin Gallery, in London from 20 March- 18 April. There will be a private view on 19 March 6:30- 8:30 PM GMT.

We look forward to seeing your entries. The submission period will begin on January 20th and will run until February 2nd at 11:59 pm UTC. More details will be made available on January 20th at www.saatchionline.com/showdown.

Broadway Boogie Woogie                                   Harmony in Red
Piet Mondrian – Broadway Boogie Woogie,                                                 Henri Matisse- Harmony in Red
Museum of Modern Art, New York Digital Image                                     Hermitage Museum  Digital Image 


  1. ken gidge says:

    I’m so IN – All about color. …
    Even color that floats off the canvas

  2. Goody, my favourite subject, along with Back To Nature, yum. I like fluorescent paints mixed in with my palette. Nothing like a little explosion of Incandescence in a painting I say. Looking forward to it.

  3. Trixie Pitts says:

    I’m in!

    One of my favorite quotes about color: Larry Poons once advised to his class at the Art Students a League, “Color is like garlic, you can never add too much!”

  4. Ta says:

    Can’t wait working on it now.

  5. Great! I am glad to know the theme is one of my favorites-color!

  6. Geoff Powell says:

    What is all the fhe pretentious fuss about?

  7. zeus cooney says:

    colour , ah the reformation of creation

  8. Nothing better than color, thank you !!!

  9. Cora de Lang says:

    love this theme…Colours are energy !

  10. I´m in!
    Absolutly love the theme!!!!
    Can we enter more than one piece?

  11. Great to hear that. My topic! I think, I’m in!

  12. Susanna Cardelli says:

    Me too! YES! Yippy, yummy, yeah

  13. John Hobbs says:

    Cool, I’m in, love the subject. Painting like mad until the deadline as I really want ti get somewhere this time and still one day more than anything want to exhibit at the gallery. Charles, Rebecca, are you listening?? !!

  14. Love the scope of this…I shall throw my hat in the ring! By the way I am very enthusiastic about the Showdown concept. Gives people a chance at incredible exposure,

  15. Very excited about this Showdown! Color is generally my main form of expression! :)

  16. Alie Cooper says:

    YAY!! COLOR!…You’re speaking my language now…

  17. Lavinia De Ayr says:

    Love color!
    Looking forward to joining in and the opportunity sounds great.

  18. Sabdy Welch says:


    Most of my shows are titled …IN LIVING COLOR I use bright ,Joyful ,
    animated, energetic color…..

    Looking forward to taking part…can’t wait!!!!!!

  19. Thanks so much for the heads up on Twitter.

  20. Charles Gomila says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!In the beginning was COLOUR!!!!!!!!!

  21. Hermit says:

    Haven’t we had this theme before last year? Except that one was called “In Living Colour” The showdown competition can’t be that hard-up for ideas for it’s theme titles.

    And it looks like the cash prizes have been knocked on the head for good, judging from this and the last showdown. I’m sure the “art materials to the value of…” is a good incentive for most people, but not to someone like me that hardly uses any.

    Ah well…

  22. Great!
    Color is the focus of all my paintings.
    I’m in!!

  23. Piotr Chmielewski says:


  24. Dwight Lay says:

    Color. Is cool…or warm!


  25. Pedro Abreu says:

    I love this Idea, color is beauty! Can’t wait to submit some.

  26. Katarina says:

    High on life, elevated by healing colors!

  27. Sal Panasci says:

    Am happy and looking forward to participating. Color?, it’s a very motivating element for me in many ways.

  28. I´m in!!! I love color, as every painter does. Wether in the paintings of Van Gogh, Beckmann, Rothko or Pollock… color can express something, that nothing else can.

  29. ashar says:

    count me in! only problem which one to choose

  30. Very exciting challenge!!!

  31. The Very 1st recorded language that separates Man from Beast and the basis of all written text is the reason man is the caretaker of the Planet. Art & Color is the accent in expression to show Emotions like Joy, Happiness, & Sorrow…..WAR & PEACE each has its favorite color. I am the Creator of Light
    and need color to express my internal struggle with the meaning of Life itself.

  32. Color is like the sun we couldn’t live without it.

  33. Ordi Calder says:

    the origin of the cosmos was the color.
    Tatyana Stepanova, I agree.

    see you

    Ordi Calder

  34. I’m in as Well! Love to view all the “Glorious Colour” entered !!!

  35. Dawn Newbern says:

    Oh, I want to submit.

    Cannot get my email verification notice. :(

    I’ve submitted requests for help for 2 weeks. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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