marmite prize winner announced

9 April 2011 § Leave a comment

Ok, the name does not quite have the resonance of the Turner Prize but the biennial Marmite Prize (either you love it or hate it?) does however offer a good selection of what it happening in contemporary painting with forty-eight artists from around the world competing for the award. The finalists are now being shown at an exhibition at the Nunnery in east London (details below).  This exhibition of a diverse selection of paintings by 48 artists provides the opportunity to view new work by established painters alongside emerging artists.

The selected works offer a broad look at contemporary painting, ranging from the monumental, as seen in Tom Ormond’s The New Light of Tomorrow (2010), to the very dark, such as The Decomposition of Violets (2010) by Ben Walker. Amongst the less conventional paintings on display are Daniela Sarigu’s, Loop (2010), which is made up of cut up strips of painted canvas sitting in a pile on the floor and Soheila Sokhanvari’s Not Dead Yet (2010), painted directly onto the hard cover of a book.

This years prize-winner has just been announced as Iain Andrews (top), an artist that I have had my eye on ever since he was (thankfully) thrown out of  infamous School of Saatchi TV series at the very first post. One of the shortlist of  – I think – 24 artists to make the show he was sure to get knocked out the moment I uttered ‘that guy is the sure-fire winner’!…. I will post him as ‘One to Watch’ in the near future.

Kate Knight (left) and Tina Jenkins (above) were deserving of the two runners-up spots.

The London exhibition will take place from the 8th April to 1st May (Friday – Sunday 12 -6pm), at The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ (Tube – Bow Road, DLR – Bow Church, Bus – 8, 25, 205, 425)

Tel: 020 8709 5292



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