Philip Orme has scooped the title of Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year for 2016, after competing in the final at the National Painting and Decorating Show in Coventry.


The City College Plymouth student fended off competition from six other finalists to take the title in the 12th year of the competition.

The finalists had to prove their skill and ability in front of audiences by completing a range of technical tasks, set by Johnstone’s Trade. Competing over two days, the young decorators were required to complete a complex pattern incorporating geometric shapes and alcotraves, as well as applying transfers.

 Philip’s proficiency with a paint brush secured him the top spot, while Olivia Newman and Lisa Murphy took 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Commenting on his win, Philip, who also works at Painting and Decorating company, Decorative Finishes, said: It means a great deal to me to have won Young Painter of the Year. It’s the second time I’ve entered the competition, having been a runner up in the regional heats last year.

“I’ve put a lot of practice in during the last twelve months and the hard work has really paid off. Winning has given me a massive confidence boost to develop my skills as a painter and decorator and I’m excited about my future career prospects.”

Philip’s prize package includes an iPad Air 2, Amazon Echo, SkullCandy SmokinBuds 2 and a large selection of painting and decorating tools donated by sponsors. He also receives a £500 Johnstone’s Decorating Centre voucher for his college.   

The awards were presented by Paddy Lafford, Sales Director (Stockists) at PPG. He commented: “The competition is a great way for young painters to showcase their skills, and gives Johnstone’s Trade the chance to support and encourage the next generation of painters.

Every year we are astonished by the talent and passion of the finalists. This year also saw the most female finalists ever, and that’s really a reflection of the increase in the numbers of young women applying for the competition and entering into the industry as a whole.

It was a very close competition, but Philip showed standout skill and technical ability – he should be very proud of the standard of his work.”  

The Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year competition recognises and celebrates young talent within the industry. Painters studying towards an NVQ Level 2 in Painting and Decorating or a Diploma in Construction Level 2 are invited to take part in regional heats before the competition culminates in a final at the National Painting and Decorating Show.

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