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Art Gemini 2016 celebrates fine new painting, photography, sculpture

New talent in painting, photography and sculpture is celebrated as winners of the 2016 Art Gemini Prize were announced at London’s Asia House Gallery.

Following final selection by Art Gemini Prize 2016 judges Sajid Rizvi (chair), Pamela Kember, Estelle Lovatt,Thorsten Overgaard and Isabel H Langtry, Art Gemini Prize unveiled this year’s recipients as follows:

Painting & Sculpture
First prize (GBP 1500) to Paul Regan, for Woodville Road II, 2016, oil on board

Second prize (GBP 1000) to Merna Liddawi, Uncreated Light, 2016, gold leaf, gesso and bole. The artist’s use of ancient red/brown clay pigment of bole, also known as terra rosa, earned attention of the judges.

Hania Farrell 2016: Minecrafting. lambda print C-type matt, 50cmx33.4cm
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Hania Farrell 2016: Minecrafting. lambda print C-type matt, 50cmx33.4cm

Photography
First prize (GBP 1000) to Hania Farrell, Minecrafting, 2016 (pictured)

Second prize (GBP 750) Laszlo Kovacs, Keep Strong, 2014

A Special Sculpture Prize, sponsored by Hampstead School of Art and worth GBP 300 Hampstead School of Art Voucher, went to Michalina Paveley for Torus II, 2016, created with wire and copper paint.

Winners were selected from 44 shortlisted works of 941 entries from 34 countries.

Sajid Rizvi, chair of the selection committee and judges’ panel, urged artists who entered the competition but did not win to regard their participation in Art Gemini Prize and other art competitions as pivotal to a career-building exercise. Winning, while to be cherished, was part of a process in which non-winners abounded  but exposure and news media coverage opened up possibilities.

Pamela Kember Tong, Asia House Head of Arts and Learning and a member of the judges’ panel, welcomed the impressive array of art entries and the strides made by the prize since its inception in 2012.

Estelle Lovatt, member of the judges’ panel, commented, “Being a judge was an honour, and I was surprised at the standard of artwork submitted, and extremely proud of the ways each of the Prize winners pushed the boundaries of their chosen medium to fantastic visual effect.”

Isabel Langtry, judge and selection committee member, said it was “a real pleasure to select artwork based on quality at this year’s Art Gemini Prize, with over 900 pieces to select from 34 countries it was an Olympics in creative emersion.”

Founded in London in 2012 by Singapore-born Jimmy Lek, the Art Gemini Prize is an independent fine art competition promoting international contemporary art by emerging artists worldwide.

Art Gemini Prize appoints a charity beneficiary annually and for 2016 the Prize partnered with Café Art, which supports homeless artists.

The exhibition of finalists’ and shortlisted works, curated by Mariam Neza, will be on view at Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP, to 30 September 2016. T +44 (0) 79 6938 3494. www.artgeminiprize.com | asiahouse.org

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