Launched in 2012, the Griffin Art Prize is an exciting annual opportunity for emerging UK based artists specifically working in painting and drawing. The 2013 shortlist exhibition held in London in November attracted leading collectors, critics and art world professionals. Supported by major fine art brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, the prize itself offers the winning candidate a six month London studio residency and other shortlisted artists can win sponsorship deals worth £250.
This year’s impressive line-up of Griffin Art Prize judges included Jessica Lack (former Art Critic at The Guardian and Deputy Editor of Tate Magazine) and Zavier Ellis (Co-Founder of The Future Can Wait and Director of Charlie Smith London). At a special ceremony held at the Griffin Gallery in London last month, they revealed that the 2013 Griffin Art Prize winner was collaborative artist partnership Luke George and Elizabeth Rose.
Luke George and Elizabeth Rose‘s large exploratory canvases play with colour, textures and mark-making, and explore the heart and nature of pigments and their properties. The artists work on the canvas separately, each taking time to reflect before passing it back and forth to each other until a mutual sense of completion has been achieved. Judge Jessica Lack said:
“We chose Luke George and Elizabeth Rose‘s work on the basis of their thought provoking use and investigation of the materiality of their environment and their successful use of artist collaboration in a genre that is often an intensely personal expression of an individual, abstract painting.”
White Moose Directors Julie Gavin & Stella Levy – who will also be celebrating the first anniversary of their innovative arts partnership White Moose this March – felt that the standard of the other shortlisted artists was consistently high and combined the ten artists’ work makes for a groundbreaking exhibition of emerging UK based talent. This is their short introduction to each of the artists work with a few sneak peeks:
“Rae Hicks creates large, mesmerising, spare, abstract landscapes that show no trace of human existence other than the marks that suggest and absent presence. Mary Wintour‘s compelling mix of painting and collage creates unusual perspectives on the landscape and the constructed environment.
Emily Moore takes landscape in yet another direction using wooden board and a combination of gesso, acrylic, graphite, varnish and enamel to create large scale works that intrigue and draw the viewer into a different space. Interpreting painting in quite a different way, Nicole Wong used found objects in the form of abandoned oil paintings of typical idyllic English landscapes and books and picks these apart to reinterpret them in new and challenging ways.
Eleanor Bedlow‘s work shows the power of pencil as she creates organic, imaginary worlds that border on sci-fi and are made dramatic by their scale (see featured image at the top). Helen Frank plays with the concept of drawing through animation, film, projection and sculpture using scrolls of drawings rolled and bound in 18 meters and a sketchbook projected onto 5 reams of A4 paper. A more conceptual use of drawing is seen in the work of Scott Robertson with hand drawn text on paper in pencil.
Susannah Douglas uses found images in her beautifully drawn works in pencil on paper, creating lost images of childhood. Yuhwa Son uses oil paint to create 3D images of everyday objects such as a bar of soap, squeezing the paint directly from the tube and then forming a result shich deceives the eye in its apparent likeness to real objects.”
The Griffin Art Prize exhibition of 10 short-listed artists was held in November 2013 at the Griffin Gallery, London W11. It will tour to High House gallery, Oxon, in January 2014 before coming to White Moose, Devon, in February 2014.
Exhibition: Griffin Art Prize
Gallery: White Moose
Dates: Fri 21 Feb – Sat 29 Mar
Times: Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Private View (by invitation): Fri 21 Feb, 7pm – 9pm
Artist Talk: TBC
Artist presentations & drop-in sessions: TBC
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