Second Edition 2012 Winners
2012 Young Masters Art Prize oVERALL Winner
While Lottie Davies' work takes inspiration from Old Masters such as Constable and Delaroche, her primary focus is stories; personal histories and identity, while also referencing popular culture, such as cinema and television. Her large photographic images, in the format of a widescreen cinema (16:9), are designed to prompt the viewer into expecting a story hidden in the scene presented to them. The way in which we view the Old Masters, described by the artist as 'looking habits', is not a result of an understanding of art history in her eyes but rather a reflection of our everyday "visual consumption".
£5,000 Awarded to the 2012 Young Masters Art Prize winner Lottie Davies.
Georgia Dodson, Weiland Payer, Brad Woodfin & Mia Brownell
Georgia Dodson’s recent paintings of Forest Floors make reference to the work of Otto Marseus van Schrieck, a ‘forgotten visionary of Dutch painting’; drawn to the same intense depiction of an ecology in minute, accurate detail.
Weiland Payeris influenced by German Romanticism and the tradition of landscape perception. Payer transfers the composition of works by Böcklin and Altdorfer, which he uses as a starting point of his creative process. illing with his own material. Payer then fills in these compositions with his own material from photography of personal journeys, sketches and everyday impressions.
Brad Woodfin makes divinities out of the underdogs of society by painting animals with an aura of grace and dignity. Woodfin's paintings are influenced by Old Masters who embraced darkness in their work. In particular Caravaggio, as well as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Durer, Rothko and Vermeer. His animals are subtly illuminated and barely visible in the enveloping darkness and in the artist's own words, "my animals are his (Caravaggio's) prostitutes and beggars".
Born in Chicago to a sculptor and a physicist, Mia’s background qualified her perhaps uniquely, to create her expertly lit paintings, contrasting banquet pieces, with subtle white line added DNA. In a perfect synthesis of the very modern interest in genetics with the 17th century portrayal of food in still life, her compositions simultaneously reference Dutch Realism and the coiling configurations of molecular imaging.
£250 Awarded to each artist, courtesy of The Artists’ Collecting Society