The winners of both The Threadneedle Prize (£30,000) and Visitors’ Choice Prize (£10,000) will be announced at a special Awards Dinner on Wednesday 10 October 2012 - to which I'm invited. I might have to take the iPad for a spot of live blogging!
You can read more about the Selectors on my Call for Entries post.
The Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo is announcing the six works shortlisted for the 2012 Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture artists at the reception at the Mall Galleries right now (ie 7.30pm)! [Post subsequently updated with images taken at the exhibition preview]
An initial review indicates that we have:
- four artists who are working more or less in monochrome and only one really colourful piece,
- three artists who got a degree this summer
- one sculpture and five paintings
- and two artists called Ben.
1. Hair Triptych by Elaine Brown
|Hair Triptych by Elaine Brown |
Oil paint on gesso board, 15 x 20 cm each panel
- New Contemporaries in 1984
- alongside Tracey Emin in 1987 in an exhibition called Three Women Artists at Rochester Art Centre.
- on her Facebook Page - Elaine Brown Art
2. Dreaming 2 (Diptych) by David Firmstone
Dreaming 2 (Diptych) by David Firmstone
Oil on canvas, 240 x 180 cm
This is a video of David Firmstone being interviewed and starting a painting.
"All my work is concerned with landscape and seascape. I am fascinated by marks: the painters and those that humans make when they work the land. The spirits of artists and land workers past and present shape my view. I work on a large scale in watercolour I use tradition as my touchstone and modernism as my flight."The dimensions indicate that this is a very large work. David's paintings often have to be hung in pivotal positions in a gallery otherwise they completely dominate other pieces. (I was right - it's HUGE!)
David Firmstone (RWS website)
|David Firmstone in front of his shortlisted painting|
3. My Feet by Ben Greener
|My Feet by Ben Greener |
Wood, canvas, glue, tea and coffee, 10 x 24 x 34 cm
Some of you may recall Ben Greener's feet from my blog post about the selected artists when I invited artists to send me images of their artwork which had been selected for the exhibition. Ben was the first to respond and sent me a number of images from which to choose. From which I think good things will come to Ben in his career as an artist!
The 2012 Threadneedle Prize will be the first public exhibition of Ben’s work. After failing to finish his degree, Ben has been working in photography and conservation, as well as breeding endangered frogs native to Madagascar.
Ben has also made his hands, skull and spine in the same materials. It looks as if he's working to life size.
4. Self Portrait by Ben Hendy
Self Portrait by Ben Hendy
Linocut on paper (detail), 97 x 227 cm
His work is a full length naked self portrait. You can see the "full on" version of Lino Man on his blog where you can also see some close-ups of Lino man (click the images to see a larger size image) and more of his work - which is also very impressive. He's in some very good company - Lucian Freud did a self-portrait Self Portrait - Reflection which had a very similar stance and Lucian Freud was also an etcher working in monochrome.
From what I've seen online (I've got a high res version) I really like the line work and his technique for lino cutting - plus I like the idea and the echoes of those who have gone before.
Details of Ben's work are being used to promote the Exhibition - see his blog post Threadneedle Prize - which appears to indicate that one week ago he had no idea that he'd been shortlisted.
If you're still working in imperial, the height of this linocut is just short of 90 inches - which means it's also going to be big and impressive.
5. Silken Needles by Chloe Le Tissier
Silken Needles by Chloe Le Tissier
Oil on canvas, 94 x 232 cm
Sheer Shirt David by Sophie Levi
Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm
Sophie has two paintings in the exhibition. I discovered at the preview that the subject of her shortlisted painting is a male life model - and realised that I'd actually drawn him back some six years ago (see Drawing inspiration from da Vinci 2006)
Sophie has exhibited her work in exhibitions for the BP Portrait Award (shortlisted twice in the 1990s), the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize and the ING Discerning Eye Prize. Sophie’s work has been collected by Christopher Forbes, New York, King’s College, Cambridge and HRH Prince of Wales.
Her action drawings are splendid. I really don't know what the selectors thought but for me it's very much the case that I prefer a lot of the work on her website over this piece.
I think the work which wins will be monochromatic. Without seeing them, my vote would go to Lino Man and that's because I do like artists who can create art using only line and tone.
The Threadneedle Prize exhibition opens tomorrow 26th September and runs until to 13rh October 2012.
Each of the 153 works exhibited in the 2012 exhibition is also eligible to win the £10,000 Visitors’ Choice Award. This is dependent on the vote of those visiting the Exhibition and I'm aware that some of the artists have already started their lobbying campaigns!
Here are the essential detals:
- Times: Open daily 10am-5pm (closes 3pm on final day)
- Address: Mall Galleries The Mall, near Trafalgar Square, London SW1
- Price: Admission Free
- Events: Wednesday 3 October 2012 6-10pm The Threadneedle Prize will be open for late night viewing with a pop-up bar and live music.
More about the Threadneedle Prize
For more about the Threadneedle Prize 2012 - and the Prize in earlier years - see my earlier posts (and images) below
2012 Threadneedle Prize
- Call for Entries for £30000 Threadneedle Prize 2012 03 Mar 2012
- Threadneedle Prize 2012: Analysis of entries / selected artists 14 Jun 2012
- Threadneedle Prize 2012: names of selected artists 21 Aug 2012 - this includes links to the websites of selected artists
- Threadneedle Prize 2012 - Exhibition now Online 17 September 2012
- Threadneedle Prize 2011 - a new selection process 26 Apr 2011
- Shortlist for Threadneedle Prize 2011 dominated ...08 Sep 2011
- Threadneedle Prize: The Making a Mark Select ...26 Sep 2011
- Review: Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2011 22 Sep 2011
- Henriette Simson wins Threadneedle Prize 2011 06 Oct 2011