Dentons Art Prize

Spring/Summer 2016

Winner: Aimée Parrott,

Honourable mentions: Robert Dowling, Nengi Omuku & Yukako Shibata

Staff Prize: Charley Peters

Judges:

Susan Hiller, Artist
Simon Lee, Founder and Director of Simon Lee Gallery
Ziba Ardalan, Founder and Director of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

Shortlisted artists:

Aimée Parrott, Alex Ball, Cara Nahaul, Charley Peters, Jörg Obergfell, Laurence Owen, Matthew Krishanu, Michael O'Reilly, Nengi Omuku, Robert Dowling, Sara Naim, Sif Nørskov, Tim A Shaw, Yukako Shibata

Winner - Aimee Parrott Judges Comments: Aimee Parrott’s work plays with historical formal precedents evoking a nostalgic familiarity. On closer inspection, the compelling array of technical devices, including frames, make the viewer question how and when the works were made. The artist makes highly original works with a language we think we know, until we discover that her language and process are her own.

Winner - Aimee Parrott

Judges Comments: Aimee Parrott’s work plays with historical formal precedents evoking a nostalgic familiarity. On closer inspection, the compelling array of technical devices, including frames, make the viewer question how and when the works were made. The artist makes highly original works with a language we think we know, until we discover that her language and process are her own.

Honourable Mention - Robert Dowling Judges' Comments: Robert Dowling’s glazed ceramics have a magic to them in their transformative use of materials. At once abstract paintings and three dimensional ceramic sculptures, they are beautifully conceived and rendered.

Honourable Mention - Robert Dowling
Judges' Comments: Robert Dowling’s glazed ceramics have a magic to them in their transformative use of materials. At once abstract paintings and three dimensional ceramic sculptures, they are beautifully conceived and rendered.

Honourable Mention -Nengi Omuku Judges' Comments - Nengi Omuku’s work caught the judge’s attention for its perplexing and paradoxical shifts between representation and abstraction. Landscapes harbouring unsettling ethereal forms seem to pose questions on many philosophical perspectives.

Honourable Mention -Nengi Omuku
Judges' Comments - Nengi Omuku’s work caught the judge’s attention for its perplexing and paradoxical shifts between representation and abstraction. Landscapes harbouring unsettling ethereal forms seem to pose questions on many philosophical perspectives.

Honourable Mention - Yukako Shibata Judges' Comments - Shibata’s flawlessly executed objects also deserve praise for their shifting concerns with colour, form, surface and space. The uncanny aura of these works evokes a quiet and contemplative view of the world.  

Honourable Mention - Yukako Shibata
Judges' Comments - Shibata’s flawlessly executed objects also deserve praise for their shifting concerns with colour, form, surface and space. The uncanny aura of these works evokes a quiet and contemplative view of the world.

 

Shortlisted Artists

Dentons is collaborating with Niamh White to host a biannual prize for the most exciting emerging contemporary artists. We award £5,000 to one artist who is selected by an expert panel of independent judges. In addition, all participating artists receive pro bono legal advice from Dentons.

The work of the shortlisted artists are exhibited around the Dentons office in London for clients, staff and visitors to encounter, and is offered for sale. In addition, all participating artists receive pro bono legal advice from Dentons.

Sales enquiries: niamh@niamh-white.com

"The Dentons Art Prize is a cutting edge initiative for Dentons – we are showcasing and supporting the best emerging artists working in the UK.  We hope that our continued commitment to the community in which we live and work will provide inspiration to our staff and clients as we undertake our daily business lives.  I would like to congratulate Aimee and Charley and all the artists involved and wish them all the best for the future.  I am sure we will see them emerge as London's next artistic generation."

Lucille De Silva, Dentons Partner