Shortlist for The HIX Award just announced

Paul Wood, ‘Thing about a watershed’ 204 x 163 x 53cm, Oil paint and UV on aluminium, 2019
Paul Wood, ‘Thing about a watershed’ 204 x 163 x 53cm, Oil paint and UV on aluminium, 2019

The HIX Award, the art prize set up by the restaurateur and author Mark Hix, is delighted to announce the year’s shortlisted artists, all whom will feature in a group exhibition at HIX ART, opening September 14, 2019.

The shortlisted artists are: Alexander Dixon, Bianca Barandun, Christopher Hartmann, Dafni Atha, David Mullen, Gabriela Giroletti, Jacob Littlejohn, Jung Min Park, Lucy Gregory, Megan Mary Baker, Melissa Hartley, Paul Wood, Richard Baker, Saroj Patel, Yulia Iosilzon.

Saroj Patel, ‘Taraxa’ 80 x 80 x 80cm, Acrylic, spray paint, fabric, metal, polyester and emulsion, 2019
Saroj Patel, ‘Taraxa’ 80 x 80 x 80cm, Acrylic, spray paint, fabric, metal, polyester and emulsion, 2019

The award, which carries a £10,000 first prize to put towards studio costs, is open to current students and recent graduates of UK art colleges. It was created in 2013 by Hix to give young artists a platform to showcase their work and take their first steps in their professional careers. The winner will also receive a solo exhibition at HIX ART, Hix’s Shoreditch gallery.

Says Mark Hix:

‘We were overwhelmed by the applicants this year and it was as hard as ever to narrow the field down to just fifteen. It will be even harder to pick a winner!”

The winner will be announced on 24th October at an awards ceremony at the gallery, where they will be presented with a trophy designed by the artist Damien Hirst. The second prize winner will receive £1,000 CASS art vouchers and the People’s Choice winner will get a weekend trip for two to HIX Townhouse in Lyme Regis with a dinner at HIX Oyster & Fish House.

The judges this year include Iwan Wirth, Eliza Bonham-Carter, Head of Art, Royal Academy of Arts, Dylan Jones, GQ editor and Paul Robinson, founder of Artlyst.

Past winners of the award include: Nicholas Permain (2013), Felix Treadwell (2014), Ally McIntyre (2015), Joshua Raz (2016), Sam Bailey (2017).

Lucy Gregory, ‘Applause Machine’ 100 x 120 x 230cm, Digital prints on aluminium, steel, fixings, paint, 2019
Lucy Gregory, ‘Applause Machine’ 100 x 120 x 230cm, Digital prints on aluminium, steel, fixings, paint, 2019

The HIX Award 2019 September 14th – November 10th HIX ART: 32 Rivington Street London www.hixart.co.uk
Jacob Littlejohn, ‘untitled’ 180 x 140 x 5cm, oil, handmade paper, collage & mixed media on canvas, 2019
Jacob Littlejohn, ‘untitled’ 180 x 140 x 5cm, oil, handmade paper, collage & mixed media on canvas, 2019

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper' AofC - Issue 1 Autumn 2018