Dentons Art Prize
Winner: Paresha Amin
Special Commendation: Tom Hatton
Staff Prize: Sophie Clements
Judges: Hannah Barry, Gallerist
Valeria Napoleone, Collector & Philanthropist
Mark Titchner, Artist
Neil Wenman, Senior Director, Hauser & Wirth
Richard Wentworth, Artist
Shortlisted Artists: Aglae Bassens, Jaeyeon Yoo, Jia Cai, Jonathan Trayte, Lee Marshall, Paresha Amin, Phillip Reeves, Rafal Topolewski, Sophie Clements, Theo Niderost, Tom Hatton, Willem Weismann
Paresha Amin has won the third Dentons Art Prize, awarded by Dentons, the global law firm. A special commendation was also given to Tom Hatton. The prize was awarded by an independent panel of judges Hannah Barry, Valeria Napoleone, Mark Titchner, Neil Wenman and Richard Wentworth.
Paresha Amin (b. 1957) is a Kenyan artist who lives and works in London. Her paintings depict combinations of real and imaginary landscapes where verdant and urbanised scenes intertwine. She received a MFA from the Slade School of Art (2015) and a BA in Fine Art from Middlesex University (2013). She was the recipient of the Duveen Travel Prize from UCL (2014). As the winner of the Dentons Art Prize, Paresha received a prize of £5,000.
Dentons is collaborating with curator Niamh White to host a biannual prize for the most exciting emerging contemporary artists working today. One artist is selected by an expert panel of independent judges for a £5,000 prize and our previous panels have included artists Susan Hiller and Michael Landy, gallerists Simon Lee and Maureen Paley, and curators Ziba Ardalan and Ellen Grieg. As part of the initiative, the shortlisted artists are given access to expert pro bono legal advice and their artwork is offered for sale.
The collection of artworks shortlisted for the award address a wide range of pertinent and contemporary concerns. Jonathan Trayte’s sculptures are informed by our global language of consumption and the manipulation of consumer decision-making. Glossy synthetic skins of paint give the work a colourful pop status, a chameleon appearance and an almost edible quality. Sophie Clement’s photo series ’Shall I This Time Hold You?’ was produced in combination with a multi-channel video and sound work of the same name, and explores the futility of our human tendency to attempt to prevent or delay moments of change or disintegration. Tom Hatton’s photographs titled ‘Now Here’ were taken at the Calais Refugee Camp in 2016. We are not shown the refugees, but their material objects and the traces of their presence. They relay a human, fragile and psychologically complex space.
Dentons is committed to supporting promising artists as they progress in their careers and values the vibrant and responsive insights on both local and global culture that they provide.