2009 | First Edition
Young Masters Art Prize 2009 oVERALL WINNERs
Hector de Gregorio & Ghost of a Dream
Hector de Gregorio’s approach to portraiture is entirely inspired by the Old Masters who painted kings and heroes to tell the stories of their conquests and glory. Generals became semi-gods and brides-to-be went through the arduous process of beautification. The artist manifests the glory of his modern characters, which together form an improbable yet seductive theatre of glamour and fantasy.
Ghost of a Dream, the artist collaborative duo Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was, recent Artists in Residence in Basel, believe that their work is inspired by the idealised notion of the get-rich-quick dream. Using discarded lottery tickets as their primary material, the artists create installations of the most desired goods from the detritus of broken dreams. Dream Home is an installation made from $70,000 of discarded lottery tickets.
£2,000 Awarded to Hector De Gregorio and Ghost of a Dream, sponsored by AXA Insurance