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Thu 31 Oct 2013

Griffin Art Prize 2013 Press Release

  • Griffin Art Prize will reward the winning artist with a six-month residency in a large well-lit studio above the gallery complete with:
  • A supply of the world’s finest artist materials from Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris
  • A solo exhibition at the Griffin Gallery, complete with a catalogue
  • Three prizes worth £250 in artist materials to be awarded to runners up
  • The winner of the Griffin Art Prize will be announced at the private view on Wednesday 6th November 2013
  • People’s Choice award to be announced on Monday 2nd December. Voting through Griffin Gallery and brand sponsor’s social media channels
  • Exhibition runs from 6 November – 29 November 2013

Ten emerging artists with ten different views of the world are competing for one studio space in the Griffin Art Prize 2013. The prize is an independent annual award celebrating emerging artists and is open to anyone who has graduated from university or Art College within the last five years. Work from the ten shortlisted artists will be on display in the Griffin Gallery from 6 November – 29 November, with the winner of the prize being announced at the private view on Wednesday 6th November.

The Griffin Gallery is an exciting artist's space located in West London at the head office of some of the world’s finest artist materials; Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris. The gallery uses its independence to support emerging artists and explore the cutting edge of contemporary art and craftsmanship.

The work on show at the exhibition will include a wide range of media from painting and drawings to photography, printmaking and installation. The shortlisted artists are Eleanor Bedlow, Emily Moore, Mary Wintour, Luke George & Elizabeth Rose, Helen Frank, Nicole Wong, Rae Hicks, Scott Robertson, Susannah Douglass and Yuhwa Son.

The judging panel will be looking for innovation and potential and is made up of freelance arts writer Jessica Lack, Director of the Shoreditch based Charlie Smith Gallery, Zavier Ellis, Scottish painter Andrew Grassie and Jenny Lindén Urnes, Owner and Chairman of Lindéngruppen, a family business based in Sweden, focusing on long-term development of industrial companies, including Winsor & Newton, Conté à Paris and Liquitex.

The winning artist will be awarded the one-off opportunity to take up a six-month residency in a large well-lit studio above the gallery and adjacent to the Innovation & Development laboratory of leading global art brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris where the latest technology in art products is developed. The winner of the prize will also be given the opportunity to exhibit new work in a solo show in September 2014.

Each of the winners of the runners up categories will receive a supply of artist’s materials from each of the brand’s depending on the materials they use.

Becca Pelly-Fry, Griffin Gallery Director, says:
“The Griffin Prize is a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to fostering the best emerging talent by providing artists with opportunities to both create and present new work. Not only does it give ten shortlisted artists the chance to exhibit within our gallery in front of collectors, critics, art professionals and the public but it also provides one outstanding individual the fantastic opportunity to win a residency here in the studio within our gallery.”

The short list exhibition will tour to High House gallery, Oxon in January 2014 and to White Moose in Devon in February 2014.

Shortlisted Artists:

Eleanor Bedlow grew up in a small country town in Kagawa, Japan. She formulates models and then drawings from imaginary cities that occupy her mind. Influenced by the Japanese landscape. She has exhibited in the UK, USA and France. 

Emily Moore is drawn to mountainous, desolate landscapes as well as the geometric shapes found in man made structures. Her work explores the tension between these conflicting themes. She uses a range of media including painting, photography, printmaking and installation. Emily has already exhibited in Edinburgh, London and Boston and recently won both the Artspace2let Prize, in 2013 and the Royal Scottish Academy Keith Prize in 2012.

Mary Wintour’s work examines stylized space and the natural world, exploring the relationship urbanised spaces have with the uncultivated environment. She uses a combination of collage and paint to construct landscapes from the distortion of reality and the fusion of alien landscapes. She is interested in the idea of nature as a digestible commodity. Mary has held exhibitions in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.

Luke George and Elizabeth Rose both believe the possibilities of materials to be endless and are constantly investigating what they can do. Their work is inspired by journeys around the city during which they document residual marks that hold a trace of human impact.. They have exhibited together in Kent and London.

Helen Frank is interested in the parity between handmade activities and the biological evolutionary processes constantly around us. Her work is concerned with repetitious processes and the collecting of information. She has exhibited in Sheffield  and Cambridge and has illustrated four books.

Nicole Wong uses commonly found objects in her work, shifting points of view and double meaning of words, the work aims to envelope viewer within the ‘eureka’ moment. Nicole has exhibited in Hong Kong, Birmingham and Nottingham and was a finalist for the Hong Kong Art Prize earlier this year and won the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Grand Prize Award. 

Rae Hicks renders his paintings only to the extent that they can invite recognition as figurative depictions. Using a narrow colour palette and working quickly, they end up between a sketch and a ‘completed’ picture. He has exhibited at shows in London and Hamburg.

Scott Robertson produces artwork about failure and pointlessness and believes that making work that says nothing actually says a lot more than first realised. He does not mind viewers laughing at the punch line of his work, but hopes that they can also try and find the joke. Scott has exhibited in London, Edinburgh, Exeter and Belgium and was long listed for the Wilson Williams Solo Award in 2012.

Susannah Douglas’s work centers around drawings developed from collaged photocopies of anonymous internet images. The drawings exaggerate processes of repetition and conventions of posed portraiture, whilst maintaining the nostalgic desire for the unique handcrafted work. She has exhibited in London, Newcastle and Manchester.

Yuhwa Son explores the many possibilities of painting. Yuhwa’s idea is to draw and paint everyday objects with oils in order to explore contextual harmony where the paintings look effectively more similar to each other. She describes her work as 3D paintings. She has exhibited in Seoul and London, and won the Seoul Digital University Art Award.

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