Chudamani Clowes wins the Griffin Art Prize 2014

  • Multidisciplinary artist Chudamani Clowes has been awarded the Griffin Art Prize which includes a six-month residency in a large, well-lit studio above the Griffin Gallery.
  • The prize also includes:
    • A supply of the world’s finest artist materials from Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris
    • A solo exhibition at the Griffin Gallery, complete with a catalogue
  • She will take up her residency from March 2015
  • Chudamani is the third artist to win the prize
  • The Griffin Art Prize shortlist exhibition will run until 19 December 2014
  • Griffin Gallery, 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ
  • For more information, images or interviews please contact: or call +44 (0)20 7221 7883

Chudamani Clowes has been named the winner of the Griffin Art Prize 2014. Chudamani is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, and lives in South West London with her husband and son.

Chudamani competed with nine other shortlisted artists for the prize, which includes use of an exclusive studio space in West London. For over 20 years, Chudamani has worked as a teacher, before studying fine art at both Central St. Martins and most recently graduating with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2014. Chudamani’s practice spans media from textile and sculpture to etchings and typography, developing an original alphabet using Victorian imagery and taking inspiration from
the official language of flags, semaphore and the maritime alphabet.

Inspired by her research into the ethnographic archive at the British Museum Chudamani works with artefacts to form fictional narratives of a colonial past. She describes herself as a ‘post-colonial subject’, informing her reclamation and reappropriation of objects from her family history to shape her identity through a process of translation. Using the imagery and language of her chosen objects,
Clowes enacts a retelling of her own historical past, exploring issues of immigration, race and diaspora today.

Chudamani has been awarded the one-off opportunity to take up a six-month residency in a large well-lit studio. The studio is above the gallery and adjacent to the Innovation & Development laboratory of leading global art brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, where high quality art materials are refined and developed using the latest technology and innovation. She will also be given the
opportunity to exhibit new work in a solo show in September 2015.

The judging panel based their decision on innovation and potential of these promising artists, and was composed of Alastair Smart, chief art critic for The Telegraph; Gordon Cheung, internationally acclaimed contemporary artist; Anj Smith, whose paintings have been exhibited worldwide, with a solo exhibition opening at Hauser & Wirth in autumn 2015; Jenni Lomax OBE, director of the Camden Arts Centre; and Jenny Lindén Urnes, Owner and Chairman of Lindéngruppen, a family business based in Sweden, focusing on long-term development of industrial companies, including Winsor & Newton, Conté à Paris and Liquitex.

The prize is an independent annual award aimed at supporting the UK’s most talented emerging artists and is open to anyone who has graduated from a recognised UK art education institution within the last five years. The work from the ten shortlisted artists is on display in the Griffin Gallery until 19 December.

Chudamani Clowes, winner of the Griffin Art Prize 2014, said:"I feel incredibly privileged and excited to have won. The future is full of possibilities. I'm really looking forward to working closely with such an amazing team in developing my practice as an artist. Working collaboratively in a creative environment
will allow me to develop my ideas to a new level. I want to be innovative in my use of paint media and explore themes relevant to the local area's multi-cultural heritage."

Becca Pelly-Fry, Griffin Gallery Director, says:“The quality of the work this year was very high, causing some real debate amongst the judges on the panel. Ultimately, the panel were drawn to more expressive, emotional work, resulting in the decision to make Chudamani Clowes our 2014
winner. She’s an extremely deserving winner and an interesting artist – I’m really excited to see how she responds to being resident here at Griffin Gallery next year.

Year on year we’ve seen the quality and diversity of work submitted increase, indicating that what we are offering is both needed and valued by the next generation of highly talented young artists. The diversity of backgrounds and interests panel members has resulted in a really interesting exhibition, which demonstrates diversity of artistic practice in the UK today. The ten shortlisted artists use a
range of media and have very differing conceptual concerns; from explorations cultural heritage and identity to the transformation of mundane objects and however each artist demonstrates a strong commitment to their practice.”

Anj Smith, Griffin Art Prize 2014 Judge and Artist said: “The strength of Chudamani’s work spoke for itself and the decision was unanimous. I found the process very illuminating - my thanks to the other members of the panel for the many interesting exchanges during the discussions. I was keen to support this process as I feel that prizes like these, which give artists space, time and resources - are invaluable in the current climate.”

The work on show in the Griffin Art Prize 2014 Shortlist Exhibition includes a wide range of media from painting and drawing to printmaking, sculpture and installation.
The shortlisted artists are:
• Jennifer Campbell
• Elisha Enfield
• Yvonne Feng
• Evy Jokhova
• Matthew Krishanu
• Sarah Lederman
• Amba Sayal-Bennett
• Alexandra Sinopoulou
• Jinge Zhao.

The Griffin Gallery is an exciting art space located in West London at the head office of some of the world’s finest artist materials: Winsor & Newton; Liquitex and Conté à Paris. The gallery uses its independence to support emerging artists and explore the cutting edge of contemporary art and craftsmanship.

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Notes to editors
• Exhibition runs until 19 December 2014
• Griffin Gallery, 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ
• For more information or interviews please contact:
• Griffin Gallery website:


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About Griffin Gallery (
The Griffin Gallery is a gallery in West London supporting cutting-edge talent, hosting discussions and celebrating the best in contemporary art in London and around the world through a new award, the Griffin Art Prize.

A particular focus for the Griffin is the championing of craftsmanship across all contemporary art disciplines. Situated underneath the headquarters of world-leading fine art materials brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, the Gallery is home to an extensive series of events for artists and arts professionals, including expert talks discussing techniques and advice, running alongside the main exhibition programme.

The Studio Building houses not only the Griffin Gallery, but also an Innovation and Development Laboratory and two purpose-built artists’ studios. The Gallery occasionally hosts workshops in the development studio where invited artists can use cutting-edge art materials, created by resident chemists. This bridges science and art with the latest art materials and colours made using the world’s best raw materials, which go on to be sold worldwide.

This independent gallery is under the Directorship of Becca Pelly-Fry.

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