The winners of Johnstone’s 36th annual Painter of the Year Awards have been announced.
JJ Williams Ltd won in the Restoration category for its expert redecoration of Castle Arcade in the centre of Cardiff, before battling it out with the other category winners for the Supreme Winner title, which it took home along with a brand new van.
The team at JJ Williams Ltd worked through the night over a period of four months to transform the arcade, which attracts thousands of visitors each year with its fashion boutiques, gift shops and cafes. Using 17,000 litres of Johnstone’s Trade paint, they unified the previously mismatched aesthetic with an elegant colour scheme of charcoal, grey and off-white, while gold was used to showcase intricate architectural details.
Graham Thomas, director of operations at JJ Williams Ltd, said: “I’m in utter shock! To not only win our category, but to win the Supreme Winner too is just unbelievable. We worked incredibly hard to bring the arcades into the 21st century, while maintaining the traditional features, and feel we’ve made them a real centrepiece in Cardiff. We’ve received lots of compliments on our work over the past year and the arcades are busier than ever, but to have the recognition of our peers and win Johnstone’s Painter of the Year really is the icing on the cake!”
The winner of the Commercial & Leisure category was Art + Believe, a team of artists who hand-painted one of the largest indoor murals in the world with their striking, colourful floor design at London’s Alexandra Palace. Art + Believe wanted to create a space that was both beautiful and practical.
Meanwhile, M O’Boyle Decorators won the Accommodation category for its work at the luxurious Machrie Hotel and Golf Links on the remote Isle of Islay in Argyle. The team travelled via boat, and occasionally helicopter, to complete the beautiful decoration of new buildings and an 1800s farmhouse.
The award in the final category, Residential, went to Ian Keenan Decorators, which restored a previously unoccupied building in Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square into a grand family home, using 18 decadent shades to bring the space back to life.