The Griffin Gallery Open is, for the first time, showcasing some of the best emerging talent in the mediums of painting and drawing in its inaugural exhibition. If you're inspired by the boundaries of traditional art-making, or love painting, drawing, sketching, collage and mark-making in all its forms, then this is an exhibition not to be missed.
An initative launched this year, the exhibition is showing 98 works that push the boundaries of painting and drawing, and will be open to the public until 21st August 2015. The initative had a staggered 2,500 entries and judges included artist Ian Davenport, Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst, and Griffin Gallery Director Becca Pelly-Fry.
Artists from around the world were invited to submit up to three works made since 2010 for each of the major prizes. The Winsor & Newton painting prize is for works based in oil, watercolour, gouache or inks. The Liquitex acrylic painting prize is for works based in acrylic and the Conté à Paris drawing prize is for works in dry media. The winner of each prize will receive £1,000 cash plus £3,000 RRP value in their art materials of choice.
The winners were announced at an awards evening. Drum roll, please...
Conté à Paris Drawing Prize: Kristian Evju
Liquitex Acrylic Painting Prize: Alan Sastre
Winsor & Newton Painting Prize: Juliette Losq
Becca Pelly-Fry, the Director of Griffin Gallery, says: ‘In the inaugural year of the Griffin Gallery Open, we have been overwhelmed by the positive response and the quality of submissions from around the world. From an incredible 2,500 entries, my fellow panel members and I have selected 92 truly talented individuals who together will create a spectacular exhibition of painting and drawing. The judging process has brought me and the other two judges into contact with a fantastic array of emerging artists, which has been an extraordinary and humbling experience.’
The countries represented at the exhibition include; Malaysia, Spain, Ukraine, UK, Poland, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Bratislava and Turkey.
You can shop for your own painting and drawing materials online and in all Cass Art shops.
Visit the Griffin Gallery Open to see the emerging talent for yourself. The exhibition is open until 21st August 2015 and is hosted at The Griffin Gallery at The Studio Building, 21 Eveshame Street, London, W11 4AJ.
Monday – Thursday, 10.00am to 5.00pm
Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm