'My jaw dropped': Artist wins TV naked painting challenge

Rosalind Freeborn

After weeks of painting life models under the glare of the cameras Muswell Hill artist Rosalind Freeborn hears she's won Drawers Off - Credit: Courtesy of Channel 4

Muswell Hill artist Ros Freeborn has won her week of Channel 4's Drawers Off: Big Naked Painting Challenge.

The life drawing competition ran over four weeks, with four sets of artists being filmed each week creating work in the studio - then voting for the winning picture.

Freeborn's fellow artists voted her acrylic and paper collage of model Clapmutt the best of their week, and presenter Jenny Eclair announced the winner on Friday. (June 24) 

Ros Freeborn's winning collage of model Clapmutt

Ros Freeborn's winning collage of model Clapmutt - Credit: Courtesy of Channel 4

Ros, who developed a passion for evoking the naked human form after attending a life drawing class at the Victoria Stakes pub in Muswell Hill, said: "My jaw did drop when it was announced that I was the winner. 

"I’m delighted and grateful to my fellow artists for voting for me. The winning picture was of a model called Clapmutt who had a wonderfully theatrical pose which made me think of a circus pony."

Of the £1,000 prize money she said: "I never win things, not even school raffles, so I’m chuffed to have won something as exciting as this, and have shown the way I make my art on national television."

Presenter Jenny Eclair announces Ros Freeborn has won the painting of the week prize

Presenter Jenny Eclair announces Ros Freeborn has won the painting of the week prize - Credit: Courtesy of Channel 4