HOUSTON, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hunting PLC announced that Rite of Spring by Dallas artist Winston Lee Mascarenhas is the winner of the $50,000 Hunting Art Prize for 2014.
The painting was selected from over 100 finalists in the 34th annual award program, which is sponsored by the global oil services company and is the most generous annual art prize in North America for painting and drawing.
The announcement came during an evening awards gala on Saturday, May 3, at the Friedkin Companies Campus, Gulf States Toyota, in Houston.
"Out of all the things I've accomplished in my career, winning the 2014 Hunting Art Prize is certainly among the top achievements," said Mascarenhas. "It's an honor to be selected from such a talented group of artists and a privilege to be the recipient of this prestigious and generous prize."
Mascarenhas is a doctor specializing in anesthesiology, a musician, and an artist who has dedicated his life to easing pain and providing comfort, peace, and solace through his work. His art explores the joys in life and is inspired by the rhythm, harmony, and repetition of music.
His works have been displayed at a number of locations throughout the United States. Recent exhibitions include Review: A Gallery Revisited at Wade Wilson Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the 9th Annual Encaustic Invitational: The Year of the Monotype at Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, Arizona; and Small Pleasures III at the Foster Visual Arts Center at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.
Mascarenhas earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Texas and a medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
For more information on the winner, visit: www.wlmascarenhas.com
The Hunting Art Prize is open to artists throughout Texas who are 18 years of age or older. This year's competition saw nearly 1500 entries from a number of cities and towns throughout the state. Submissions underwent a two-tiered jury process, after which nationally respected judges from Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia selected Mascarenhas' work as the winner.
On behalf of the 2014 competition, Hunting PLC will present a charitable contribution at an upcoming event to Patriot PAWS Service Dogs. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to inspiring and restoring the physical and emotional independence of disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities by providing service dogs at no cost.
For more information on the prize, visit www.huntingartprize.com.
About the 2014 Hunting Art Prize Charity
Patriot PAWS Service Dogs was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit entity providing service dogs to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities at no cost in an effort to inspire and restore physical and emotional independence. Depending on the needs of each individual, service dogs complete a customized training program and learn to perform a variety of functions, including supporting patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. For further information, visit http://patriotpaws.org.
About Hunting PLC
Hunting PLC is an international oil services company providing support solutions to the world's largest oil and gas concerns. Established in 1874, it is a fully listed public company, traded on the London Stock Exchange. For further information, visit www.hunting.plc.uk
SOURCE Hunting PLC