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Griffin Art Prize



Thursday, 24 November 2016 to Friday, 23 December 2016
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - 6:30pm




Griffin Gallery is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Griffin Art Prize and exhibition. Out of 270 entries six artists have been shortlisted and will take part in the prize exhibition from 24th November – 23rd December 2016.  The winner will be announced on 23rd November. The shortlisted artists are:

Now in its fifth year the Griffin Art Prize has established itself as an indicator of some of the most exciting emerging contemporary artists in painting and drawing. The prize selects applicants who have graduated from recognised art schools with a BA or MA within the last seven years. Alongside the Catlin Art Prize and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, the Griffin Art Prize aims to discover the stars of tomorrow and in the process to highlight the extraordinary calibre of emerging artistic talent in the UK.

Designed to have meaningful impact on the career of one emerging artist, the Griffin Art Prize offers an annual residency for emerging UK based artists in painting and drawing. It provides the time, space, materials and support to develop work in order to launch a career in London.

The winner of the 2016 Griffin Art Prize will be announced on 23rd November and will win a three-month studio residency at Griffin Gallery and receive a supply of artist materials from Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris. As part of the residency programme the winning artist will be in the unique position of seeking advice from paint chemists at Winsor & Newton and Liquitex, whilst experimenting with new artist materials suited to their practice. 

This year’s shortlist was selected by Rebecca Lewin, Curator at Serpentine Galleries; Jenny Lindén Urnes, owner and Chairman of Lindéngruppen, Becca Pelly-Fry, Head Curator for ColArt International and Director of Griffin Gallery, and British artist Vicky Wright, who was selected as one of JJ Charlesworth’s “FutureGreats” for 2015.

Citroen is a British multimedia artist specialising in sculpture, installation, painting and performance, and is influenced by the decadent and kitsch décor often from on film sets. Since completing her MA Fine Art from Central St Martin’s in 2012, she has been shortlisted for the prestigious Clifford Chance Sculpture Prize and also founded The Bomb Factory, an emerging cultural hub and arts centre in North London.

Cynthia is an American multimedia artist working primarily with the morbid images that emerge from shocking news stories. Working across photography, video, painting and drawing, Cynthia completed her MFA at Goldsmiths in 2014, and won the Acme Studios Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award last year

Olivia Kemp’s drawings are concerned with notions of wilderness and tensions between the natural and manmade. She has exhibited at Saatchi Gallery and National Gallery, and won the Jealous Prize during her MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art. She has previously held artist residencies in Italy, Madrid and at Dumfries House as part of the Royal Drawing School.

Ana is a Serbian artist who works across assemblage, collage and photography, often creating chaotic and disturbing images in the process. She completed her BA and MA Fine Art in Serbia and finished her MFA at Wimbledon College of Art in 2014, and has since won the prestigious Clifford Chance Sculpture Award.

Emma completed her BA Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University and has been living and working in Berlin since graduating last year. Her practice plays upon the language of architecture and industrial productions as she makes casts that relate to the relationship and dialogue between the body and simple unitary objects.

Uesung Lee is a Glasgow-based Korean artist who completed his MFA from Glasgow School of Art this year, after graduating from his BFA Fine Art in Incheon, Korea. Through drawing, sculpture and installation, Lee explores the links between social interaction and manual labour.

Previous Griffin Art Prize Winners

The 2015 winner of the Griffin Art Prize, Zsofia Schweger, was also selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016, won the Jealous Art Prize, exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Show 2016, and has recently opened her first solo exhibition at Griffin Gallery following a six month residency at the Gallery.

Beatrice Haines, shortlisted in 2012 was in 2015 one of Artlyst’s ten artists under 30 and will be artist in residence at Griffin Gallery in October where she will be working with paint technicians to create paint using her Uncle’s ashes.

2012 winner Alzbeta Jaresova was included in the 2012 Catlin Guide for the 40 most promising UK art graduates, in addition she was included in the 2014 Jerwood Prize for drawing, and will be showing in Griffin Gallery in march 2017.

Jack Otway, shortlisted in 2015, was featured at the 2016 XL Catlin Art Guide book launch, London Art Fair and is currently undertaking a project based residency at Griffin Gallery.

Jose Carlos Naranjo, shortlisted for the prize in 2015, was shortlisted for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize in the same year. He has a solo exhibition opening at Yusto/Giner Gallery, Malaga, Spain from 14 October and will be showing at Griffin Gallery, January 2017.

Matthew Krishanu, shortlisted in 2014 was featured in Contemporary Drawings from Britain, Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Xi'an Province, China and in 2017 will have work touring with Priseman-Seabrook Collection in China: Cui Zhenkuan Museum; Yantai Art Museum; Artall, Nanjing.

Jennifer Campbell, shortlisted in 2014 had a solo show in 2015 Power Puff Princess with Marcelle Joseph Projects, London. Rae Hicks, shortlisted in 2013 was a prizewinner at the John Moore’s Painting Prize 2014.



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Griffin Gallery is committed to supporting the global artistic community and is now firmly established on the London emerging contemporary art scene. The gallery is not commercially driven but provides a platform for a range of artists, both national and international, from recent graduates to mid-career artists. Their two studios are occupied by a wide range of artists from around the world, with differing concerns and approaches to making.  At the centre of their programme is a belief that an engagement with materials is fundamental to the act of creating contemporary art. Griffin Gallery is under the independent Directorship of Becca Pelly-Fry, who is also Head Curator for ColArt International.

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Griffin Gallery
The Studio Building
21 Evesham Street
London W11 4AJ
0208 424 3203

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