A Newport amateur artist’s work inspired by breakfasts for those suffering hangovers will appear in a London art gallery next month after being selected through a national competition.

Marcus Sandeman, 31, from Llandevaud, entered “Breakfast at Tesco - The Morning After” into the Royal Watercolour Society and Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, and his painting was chosen from more than 1,200 entries to be one of 86 works by 80 artists on display at the competition’s exhibition.

“I chose a subject not normally associated with water colour,” Mr Sandeman said. “It was intended to stir things up a bit.

“My friends and I usually take our hangovers to the Tesco cafe because they do a cheap and really good fry up, and it soaks the alcohol up.”

Mr Sandeman began painting at the age of five because his dad was a keen artist. He focuses on acrylics, oils and water colours and paints on his dining room table. He gave up work as a product designer a year ago to go travelling in New Zealand and is now painting and looking for work.

“Painting will always be a hobby for me,” Mr Sandeman said.

Mr Sandeman’s painting is on the shortlist to be the overall competition winner, which will be announced in the Sunday Times at the end of August. First prize wins £15,000, second prize £7,000 and one artist will win £1,500 and the commission to illustrate a book cover for Penguin Books.

More of Mr Sandeman’s work can be viewed at www.marcussandeman.squarespace.com and “Breakfast at Tesco” will be on display at the Bankside Gallery in London from September 10 to 21.