Luke George and Elizabeth Rose win the Griffin Art Prize 2013
Luke George and Elizabeth Rose have been named the winners of the Griffin Art Prize 2013. This young couple - the first collaborative artists to win the prize - met at City and Guilds of London Arts School and currently work together in Faversham.
Luke and Elizabeth competed with nine other shortlisted artists for the prize, which includes use of an exclusive studio space in West London. Luke and Elizabeth work together on their pieces, driven by their connection to one another and a shared enthusiasm to work towards a united vision. They are constantly investigating the possibilities of materials and whether any mark that they make on a canvas is a ‘happy accident’ that takes their artwork in an entirely new direction, or whether a fresh start is in order. This journey of discovery inspired their exploration into paint and mixed media with their award winning work, Gate (2013).
Luke George and Elizabeth Rose, winners of the Griffin Art Prize 2013, said:
“This feels like the beginning of a new story. We don’t know how the story will develop but we are looking forward to moving from Faversham to London to take up the residency in this fantastic workspace. The beauty is in the unknown. It is lovely to feel so supported as we enter into this great adventure.”
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 university or art college within the last five years. The work from the ten shortlisted artists is on display in the Griffin Gallery until 29 November.
Luke and Elizabeth were 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. They will also be given the opportunity to exhibit new work in a solo show in September 2014.
Becca Pelly-Fry, Griffin Gallery Director, says:
“Luke and Elizabeth show great potential and a great deal of confidence for a pair of young emerging artists. I am really excited to see what comes out of their residency. The Griffin Gallery, supported by fine art brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, is looking forward to starting this supportive process, where we will work closely with them over their six month residency.”
The judging panel based their decision on innovation and potential and was made of freelance arts writer Jessica Lack, Director of the Shoreditch based Charlie Smith Gallery, Zavier Ellis, Scottish painter Andrew Grassie 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.
Zavier Ellis, Griffin Art Prize 2013 Judge and Director, CHARLIE SMITH London, said:
“We are very pleased to present the Griffin Art Prize to Luke George & Elizabeth Rose. The quality of applicants was very high this year and the shortlist was varied in style, medium and genre so it was not easy. However, we were impressed with the way that George and Rose have harnessed the history of abstraction whilst giving us something technically new and visually engaging. It will be intriguing to see how they utilise the studio space with access to the expertise of Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, as their practice is very much based on experimentation with materials.”
The work on show in the Griffin Art Prize 2013 Shortlist Exhibition includes a wide range of media from painting and drawing, to photography, printmaking and installation. The shortlisted artists include Eleanor Bedlow, Emily Moore, Mary Wintour, Luke George & Elizabeth Rose, Helen Frank, Nicole Wong, Rae Hicks, Scott Robertson, Susannah Douglass and Yuhwa Son.
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.
The shortlist exhibition will tour to High House gallery, Oxon in January 2014 and to White Moose in Devon in February 2014.
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Eleanor Bedlow grew up in a small country town in Kagawa, Japan. She formulates models and then drawings from imaginary cities that occupy her mind. Influenced by the Japanese landscape. She has exhibited in the UK, USA and France.
Emily Moore is drawn to mountainous, desolate landscapes as well as the geometric shapes found in man made structures. Her work explores the tension between these conflicting themes. She uses a range of media including painting, photography, printmaking and installation. Emily has already exhibited in Edinburgh, London and Boston and recently won both the Artspace2let Prize, in 2013 and the Royal Scottish Academy Keith Prize in 2012.
Mary Wintour’s work examines stylized space and the natural world, exploring the relationship urbanised spaces have with the uncultivated environment. She uses a combination of collage and paint to construct landscapes from the distortion of reality and the fusion of alien landscapes. She is interested in the idea of nature as a digestible commodity. Mary has held exhibitions in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.
Luke George and Elizabeth Rose both believe the possibilities of materials to be endless and are constantly investigating what they can do. Their work is inspired by journeys around the city during which they document residual marks that hold a trace of human impact.. They have exhibited together in Kent and London.
Helen Frank is interested in the parity between handmade activities and the biological evolutionary processes constantly around us. Her work is concerned with repetitious processes and the collecting of information. She has exhibited in Sheffield and Cambridge and has illustrated four books.
Nicole Wong uses commonly found objects in her work, shifting points of view and double meaning of words, the work aims to envelope viewer within the ‘eureka’ moment. Nicole has exhibited in Hong Kong, Birmingham and Nottingham and was a finalist for the Hong Kong Art Prize earlier this year and won the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Grand Prize Award.
Rae Hicks renders his paintings only to the extent that they can invite recognition as figurative depictions. Using a narrow colour palette and working quickly, they end up between a sketch and a ‘completed’ picture. He has exhibited at shows in London and Hamburg.
Scott Robertson produces artwork about failure and pointlessness and believes that making work that says nothing actually says a lot more than first realised. He does not mind viewers laughing at the punch line of his work, but hopes that they can also try and find the joke. Scott has exhibited in London, Edinburgh, Exeter and Belgium and was long listed for the Wilson Williams Solo Award in 2012.
Susannah Douglass’ work centers around drawings developed from collaged photocopies of anonymous internet images. The drawings exaggerate processes of repetition and conventions of posed portraiture, whilst maintaining the nostalgic desire for the unique handcrafted work. She has exhibited in London, Newcastle and Manchester.
Yuhwa Son explores the many possibilities of painting. Yuhwa’s idea is to draw and paint everyday objects with oils in order to explore contextual harmony where the paintings look effectively more similar to each other. She describes her work as 3D paintings. She has exhibited in Seoul and London, and won the Seoul Digital University Art Award.
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The Griffin Gallery is a new 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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