This year I've also identified below who I think will win the £30,000 Threadneedle Prize 2012 - and the £10,000 Visitors' Choice Prize.
Let me know by leaving a comment below:
- what you think about my choice
- how you choose art that you like in an exhibition
- Do leave a comment and let me know what you would have chosen.
The Making A Mark Select Six 2012
Here's my criteria for selecting work. I like works which are:
- visually pleasing to me and which stimulate my brain cells
- catch my eye and draw me towards them and then continue to interest me as I get up close (ie the design works and the technique is good)
- PLUS - make me write down the name of the artist so that I can review their website when I get home.
The links in the artists' names are to their websites, if they have one, where you can see more of their work. I've included below some more information about both the artist and their art.
This year, I've ordered the work in my personal order of preference.
|Ben Hendy - Self Portrait (section)|
This is a shortlisted work and I think this is the winner.
For a man to develop a nude self-portrait is very unusual - to develop a full life-size self-portrait is ambitious and brave.
To also do it as a lino-cut fine art print is just simply audacious. I've never seen one before and I doubt I will ever again.
To then find that the technique used is very fine is a complete pleasure.
There's just the small issue of where my face was every time I looked at it! I think I'd have dropped it about a foot or so.
|Lino Man by Ben Hendy in the Threadneedle Space|
2. Dreaming 2 by David Firmstone
This is a shortlisted work. I also think it has a very good chance of winning the top prize.
You can't ignore this piece. It absolutely dominates the whole of the West Gallery. It's absolutely huge - but it doesn't shout. It's just there - in the same way as landscape is there.
The reason I really like it is because the scope of the view and the patterning within it really appeal to me (my first degree is in geography!) . It's the way I see landscape - and when somebody paints the way I see things there is an inevitable connection. (I have a portfolio devoted to what I call "Views and Vistas" - which is essentially about finding the patterning in the land")"
I also really like the fact that the light is low and the shadows are long and the colour within the piece is very controlled and very nearly monochromatic.
This piece also makes me think of the peace and quiet of the countryside.
|David Firmstone - Dreaming 2, |
Oil on Canvas, 240x180cm
I explore high perspectives of fields, quarries, ravines and riverbeds. I'm keen to see the land from further and further away and to play with spatial relationships, which is why I enjoy working large scale, it offers an even bigger playground.
|Tim Pomeroy - String II, |
Carrara marble, 50x25cm,
For me this pillar seemed to induce a contemplative mood every time I looked at it. I could well imagine it in a place which was minimal and designed for meditation.
There's a rather better image on the website from a different angle.
Fran Giffard - One of Every Species found in Hong Kong cage
Graphite Pencil on Paper, 110x80cm
- BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year for the piece below - which is another image from her Hong Kong series; and
- David Shepherd's Wildlife Artist of the Year - for Four Birds came to London
|Artwork by Fran Gifford selected for BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year.|
It's entirely possible that I like this work because I've recently been drawing from a spot about 30 feet to the left of this painting (see Greenwich Park Panorama).
There again, this is another artist who I feel a connection with - because he chooses to look at and paint the same things I like to draw. I find it very odd that when I visit his website I immediately recognise all the places in London that he's painted. This has never happened before. Maybe this artist "sees" places that I draw in the same way I do - albeit his fantastical / 'magical realism' way of painting is his own?
The work itself is a lot bigger and you can see a much better version of The Observatory on his website.
David Piddock - The Observatory (section)
Oil on gesso board, 59x240cm,
- Planar Resonance - Ilse Black, Graphite powder, pencil, charcoal on paper, 100cm x 78cm, £2500
- Nudia 2 Elichi Fukuda, Sumi-ink,Acrylic,paper on Canvas, 76×51cm, £900
- Winter Sunlight, Adelburgh - Peter Kelly, Oil on Canvas, 44x34 cms, £3000
- Painting from Light - Luis Kerch, Acrylic on Linen, 100x180cm, £4000
- Mello Yello No.1- Yuichiro Kikuma, Acrylic on MDF, 15x17cm, £390
There was one piece which attracted a lot of comment on the Preview night - and prior to the announcement was suggested by some to be a certainty as a shortlisted piece
Robert Truscott - Defeat,
Mixed Media, Plaster, Epoxy Putty, Material on Armature, 367x167x49cm,
Robert Truscott graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1995 and from the Russian Academy of Arts in St Petersburg in 2000. He has exhibited in Winchester Cathedral with works representing the exodus of prisoners from the VI Army at Stalingrad.Beaulieu Fine Arts
For more about the Threadneedle Prize 2012 - and the Prize in earlier years - see my earlier posts (and images) below
2012 Threadneedle Prize
- Call for Entries for £30000 Threadneedle Prize 2012 03 Mar 2012
- Threadneedle Prize 2012: Analysis of entries / selected artists 14 Jun 2012
- Threadneedle Prize 2012: names of selected artists 21 Aug 2012 - this includes links to the websites of selected artists
- Threadneedle Prize 2012 - Exhibition now Online
- Threadneedle Prize 2012 - Shortlisted Artists
- Review: Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2012
- Threadneedle Prize 2011 - a new selection process 26 Apr 2011
- Shortlist for Threadneedle Prize 2011 dominated ...08 Sep 2011
- Threadneedle Prize: The Making a Mark Select ...26 Sep 2011
- Review: Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2011 22 Sep 2011
- Henriette Simson wins Threadneedle Prize 2011 06 Oct 2011