On Thursday 13th February 2020, the Directors of Artellite announced the four winners of the 10th edition of the Signature Art Prize, the UK's original art prize dedicated to student and emerging artists. Selected from over 500 submissions from artists from around the world, the winners have been chosen by an expert panels of judges including industry insiders, established artists and past winners, from the 20 finalists in the mediums of Painting, Sculpture, Photography & Film and Drawing & Printmaking.
'The Finalists of the Signature Art Prize 2020 reveal outstanding standard and quality across all categories. Today’s announcement signals an impressive year ahead for the world of young, emerging artists.' Elinor Olisa, Co-Founder
McKenzie Gibson | SCULPTURE WINNER
Camberwell College of Arts (BA Hons Fine Art)
'Gesture of a Table II' 116.84 × 50.8 × 203.2 cm
'Powerful and seductive pieces on a large scale.'
Lara Domeneghetti & Silvia De Giorgi | PHOTOGRAPHY & FILM WINNER
Camberwell College of Arts (MA in Visual Arts, 2017)
'Medea' 30 × 25 × 3 cm each
'A provocative, nuanced and impactful work. It promotes contemplation on a high level from the viewer and makes one want to come back and view it again and again.'
KATYA GRANOVA | PAINTING WINNER
The Royal College of Art (MA Painting, 2020)
'Chess Players' 200 × 155 × 4 cm
'Fantastic color with a great visual effect; it appears as a sketch but is very much a walk through time and space. An extremely evocative work.'
HABIB HAJALLIE | DRAWING AND PRINTMAKING WINNER
Loughborough University (Fine Art , 2017)
'Can I Touch Your Hair?' 60 × 84 × 1 cm
'This is a terrific piece in every way, great technique, great message, a great artistic achievement.'
MALGORZATA DAW | THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER 2020
Slade School of Fine Art (PHD) '(Self) Soothing Project No. 1' 61 × 40.5 × 0.1 cm
DESSA GODDARD | VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF ASIAN ART AT BONHAMS
Prior to joining Bonhams, Dessa was a Research Fellow in Chinese Archaeology at the Toyo Bunka Kenkyujo, part of the University of Tokyo. She is a graduate of the Inter-University Centre for Advanced Japanese in Tokyo, a Stanford University-based programme, and interned in the Painting and Calligraphy Department at the National Palace Museum, Taipei.
Dessa attended Harvard University as a graduate student, where she studied under Professor Max Loehr and John Rosenfield. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Northwestern University, a Master's degree in Asian Art, and a Ph.D. in Chinese History from the University of California, Berkeley. One of North America's leading experts in her field, Dessa speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. She travels and lectures widely throughout the US on topics in Chinese art and has focused her recent research on the growth of philanthropy and urban culture, with a specific eye to the history of Asian art collecting in America. She regularly appears on PBS's Antiques Roadshow.
JAMES KELLY | DIRECTOR OF COWSHED CONSULTING
James has a long association with business and the arts. Prior to his semi–retirement he was a director of Science Limited, which managed the affairs and business activities of contemporary artist Damien Hirst. During his time at Science he played a key role in projects such as the creation of Newport Street, Hirst’s gallery, which won the 2016 Stirling Prize for UK’s best building. He also was involved in significant elements of the artist’s epic Treasures exhibition that opened to acclaim in 2016. James retired from full time employment with Science and now provides commercial and strategic advice to businesses within the art world through his consultancy. He acts as a Non-Executive Director to a number of businesses which included Bonhams auction house until its sale. He is currently a Trustee of the City and Guilds of London Art School. Previously, he spent more than 20 years as a partner at the international Chartered Accountants, Rawlinson & Hunter, where his clients included a number of artists, galleries, auction houses and other art related businesses.
VESTALIA CHILTON | DIRECTOR OF KENSINGTON + CHELSEA ART WEEK
Vestalia is a cultural strategist, where she develop synergies between artists, organisations, cities, councils and commercial clients to create ‘win-win’ partnerships. In 2011, Vestalia founded the Attollo Art. Where her role became cultural director, which entailed explore potential for connectivity through the creative industries by encouraging co-collaboration and co-funding between private and public sectors.
Some of our most recent projects include Kensington + Chelsea Art Week, Urban Art at Marrakech Biennale 6th Edition, BritWeek LA, Fine Art Sails, The Croydon Mural Project, The Exhibitionist Hotel in South Kensington and a pioneering AirBnB Gallery offering art spaces and place-making opportunities for emerging artists.
ROBYNE ROBINSON | BOARD MEMBER OF THE MINNESOTA MUSEUMS OF AMERICAN ART
A driving force in the arts community, Minnesota received more than $3 million in commissions from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport during Robyne’s tenure as Art Director and Consultant for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Her work has garnered praise from The New York Times, Forecast Public Art and international travel bloggers, who in 2017 proclaimed MSP Terminal 2 “One of the 12 Most Beautiful Terminals in the World”.
Robyne created an international Emmy-winning platform for Minnesota arts during her years as a news anchor-reporter, and made arts finance and commerce one of her key initiatives as a 2010 candidate for Lt. Governor. She owned and curated flatland, an award winning contemporary art gallery featured in esteemed art publications such as Art News and Juxtapoz. Robyne has served on numerous arts board including the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). She is also a Hubert Humphrey Public Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota.
LUKE M WALKER | SPECIALIST: PAINTING
London based artist, Luke M Walker, graduated City & Guilds Of London Art School in 2014 with an MA in Fine Art. Luke views his practice as an inquiry into memory, time, distance and materiality with each series of works being an opportunity to discover something new, through experimentation, exploration, chance, the collection of data and other records of his personal progress through the environment, whether a city or somewhere further afield. It is an attempt to discover the role of a Landscape Artist today.Much of his work derives from exploration, primarily through walking. This can involve collecting specific data on walks; the length, the pace, the altitude or number of steps etc. and translating the data into a painting which become physical representations of the momentary act of walking itself.
Luke is a co-founder of The Wilderness Art Collective, bringing together a diverse range of artists from across the UK who’s work explores the Landscape and Environment. Their inaugural exhibition ‘Landlines’ at the Royal Geographical Society in September 2019 and the show will now be touring.