2017 | Fourth Edition | Winners

 

YOUNG MASTERS ART PRIZE Overall winner

azita moradkhani

Awarded £2,000 generously gifted by Dr Chris Blatchley

 Azita Moradkhani,  Not Too Far Away (Victorious Secrets),  2016, Coloured Pencils on Paper

Azita Moradkhani, Not Too Far Away (Victorious Secrets), 2016, Coloured Pencils on Paper

Iranian artist Azita Moradkhani was chosen from a shortlist of 18 international artists for her delicately crafted drawings. Victorious Secrets (Not Too Far Away) is a pencil drawing depicting migrants arriving in Greece on a Turkish Boat and is reminiscent of Theodore Gericault's painting The Raft of the Medusa.The female body is central to her work and she uses beauty as her weapon to address complex socio-political issues. Her use of traditional techniques, skill and delicacy connects her work to the art of the past. 

 

Highly Commended

Laura Hospes & Tamara Al-Mashouk

 

 
 Laura Hospes,  Braid , 2015, Pigment Print

Laura Hospes, Braid, 2015, Pigment Print

 

Laura Hospes’ work is highly autobiographical, addressing herself, her life with mental health issues and her struggle with being alive. Inspired by the magical work of Francesca Woodman, the black and white portraits of Stephan Vanfleteren and the dark lights of Dutch painter Rembrandt she has developed her own visual language and voice. Hospes believes learning from the Old Masters is the greatest and most pure manner of bringing emotions to life.

 
 Tamara Al-Mashouk,  License III , 2017, Video

Tamara Al-Mashouk, License III, 2017, Video

 

Speaking of issues of social politics, global movement and the hierarchy of citizenship, Al-Mashouk’s work employs performance, video, and sculptural based installation. Her work challenges the place of women in modern society by critiquing the male gaze that dominates not only the canon of art history but also contemporary society today.

 

 

£500 Awarded to both Laura Hospes and Tamara Al-Mashouk, courtesy of the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS)

 

Be Smart About Art Award

Katie Spragg

 
 Katie Spragg,  Himalayan Balsam , 2017, Porcelain, Glass, Fumed Oak

Katie Spragg, Himalayan Balsam, 2017, Porcelain, Glass, Fumed Oak

Katie Spragg is interested in the classification of plants as weeds depending on cultural or locational factors. The glass dome, a Victorian method of display, is used to consider these relationships of classification. Under the domes, otherwise idyllic British hedgerows are interrupted by these Victorian-imported invaders.

£500 Awarded to Katie Spragg, Courtesy of Be Smart About Art 

 

YOUNG MASTERS MAYLIS GRAND CERAMICS PRIZE oVERALL WINNER

Lucille Lewin

 

 Lucille Lewin,  New Order I,  2017, Porcelain

Lucille Lewin, New Order I, 2017, Porcelain

Lucille Lewin’s work is the result of research into the origins of 18th Century European porcelain, and the alchemists who invented it.  The work references the Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities, and the early microscopic photographs of the natural world by Karl Blosfeldt.  Lewin takes great inspiration from the crystal rooms at the Science Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.  Lewin’s sculptural ceramic objects explore the relationship between form, chemistry and process.

£1,500 Awarded to Lucille Lewin, sponsored by James and Maylis Grand

 

Highly Commended

Lauren Nauman

 

 Lauren Nauman,  Lines, large white with brass,  2017, Porcelain and Brass

Lauren Nauman, Lines, large white with brass, 2017, Porcelain and Brass

Lauren Nauman’s work explores the boundaries within clay through experimental processes. The work starts with the industrial methods of slip-casting in plaster moulds, used in non-traditional ways. 

£500 Awarded to Lauren Nauman, sponsored by James and Maylis Grand

 

YOUNG MASTERS EMERGING WOMAN ART PRIZE oVERALL WINNER

Azita Moradkhani

 

 Azita Moradkhani,  Not Too Far Away (Victorious Secrets) , 2016, Coloured Pencils on Paper

Azita Moradkhani, Not Too Far Away (Victorious Secrets), 2016, Coloured Pencils on Paper

 Victorious Secrets (Not Too Far Away) is a pencil drawing depicting migrants arriving in Greece on a Turkish Boat and is reminiscent of Theodore Gericault's painting The Raft of the Medusa.The female body is central to her work and she uses beauty as her weapon to address complex socio-political issues. Her use of traditional techniques, skill and delicacy connects her work to the art of the past.

£1,000 Awarded to Azita Moradkhani, sponsored by Dr Chris Blatchley

 

Highly Commended

Isabelle Van Zeijl & Katie Spragg

 

 Isabelle Van Zeijl, Youth,  2016, C- Type, Perspex mounted

Isabelle Van Zeijl,Youth, 2016, C- Type, Perspex mounted

To Isabelle Van Zeijl, beauty is a necessity, an antidote to everyday drudgery and a source of inspiration. She is fascinated by the art of the past and different perspectives on beauty through the ages. Boundaries fade as she blends techniques and idioms of the Old Masters with present-day aesthetics to create striking portraits.  

 Katie Spragg,  Meadow,  2017, Porcelain, Oak, Plastic, Switch, Battery-powered LEDs

Katie Spragg, Meadow, 2017, Porcelain, Oak, Plastic, Switch, Battery-powered LEDs

Katie Spragg creates work that aims to arouse curiosity.  Whether through sharing a story or conjuring a collective memory, her practice highlights the forgotten sources of joy and amusement that surround us.  

£250 Awarded to both Isabelle Van Zeijl and Katie Spragg, Sponsored by Dr Chris Blatchley