National success for Weston artist

PUBLISHED: 21:00 31 January 2011

Khana Evans, pictured with fellow artist David Gamble, with her provocative work on display behind.

Khana Evans, pictured with fellow artist David Gamble, with her provocative work on display behind.

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A PROVOCATIVE Weston artist has bagged second prize in a national competition which drew thousands of entries.

The provocative work - featuring former Home Secretary Jack Straw - by Weston artists Khana Evans.

Khana Evans, aged 25, was named runner-up in the Resistance Rising art contest organised by Bizarre Magazine.

Thousands of artists had submitted work to the competition, but Khana was one of just 20 shortlisted people whose painting went on display at a renowned gallery in London’s Bethnal Green.

Judges praised the ‘outstanding technical ability’ evident in Khana’s unorthodox piece, which depicted former Home Secretary Jack Straw in a ‘dubious’ pose with a woman in a Mexican mask.

Khana, whose work regularly features some of the most powerful figures in modern society, says the painting is ‘a statement about scandals in parliament’ and is a reference to a remark Mr Straw once made about different cultures wearing masks.

Mr Straw has seen the painting, but his opinion on Khana’s work is ‘unknown’.

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