Young Masters has revealed the shortlist of 16 artists for the Young Masters Art Prize and 12 Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize.
The 16 artists shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize are in contention to win the £1,500 Young Masters Art Prize sponsored by Evelyn Partners. The shortlist includes French/Mexican-American artist Alicia Paz, whose installation of small format portraits form a metaphorical self-portrait or personal ‘family tree’, representing women thinkers, writers, artists, and cherished friends and family members;
Egyptian hyperrealist artist Nourine Hammad who creates works that blend the boundaries between reality and art using meticulous drawing techniques; Joshua Donkor a Ghanaian-British painter, whose work uses portraiture as a tool to subvert monolithic portrayals of Black identity; and British artist Megan Baker, whose paintings suggest an ever-changing state of being, where fragmented and gestural figures are continually interrupted by the immediacy of the paint.
Twelve artists have also been shortlisted for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize, a strand of the Young Masters Art Prize. The shortlist includes Australian artist Ebony Russell, whose hand-piped porcelain urns in blue stain, reminiscent of Wedgwood jasperware, are decorated with a profusion of white decorative bows and ribbons; and USA-based ceramicist Kristen Stain, whose work is an exploration through both her cultural roots [West African, Caribbean] and personal experiences as a Black American woman.
Young Masters Art Prize 2023 shortlist:
Alicia Paz, Christos J. Palios, Dawn Beckles, Dola Posh, Hannah Luxton, Joshua Donkor, Lucy Smallbone, Megan Baker, Natasha Muluswela, Muluswela, Nourine Hammad, Olga Morozova, Ramon Omolaja, Adeyemi, Rebecca Stevenson, Rosie Emerson, Sadie Lee, Zoe Moss
Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize 2023 shortlist:
Alisha Gent, Anne-Laure Cano, Camilla Hanney, Ebony Russell, Eveline Kieskamp, Isis Dove-Edwin, Jemma Gowland, Jess Riva Cooper, Kristen Stain, Oriel Zinaburg, SaeRi Seo & Sara Dodd.
All shortlisted artists will feature in an exhibition in two parts, at 67 York Street in central London coinciding with Frieze week in October 2023.
Winner announcements 10th October 2023.
Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize exhibition 3rd – 8th October 2023
Young Masters Art Prize exhibition, 10th – 15 October 2023 both at 67 York Street, Marylebone
Young Masters Autumn exhibition at the Exhibitionist Hotel October 2023 – February 2024
The Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize judging panel comprises: Maylis Grand (collector and philanthropist), Preston Fitzgerald (collector, and Chairman of Crafts Council Patrons and Cockpit Arts Patrons), Annie Warburton (CEO Cockpit Arts), Daniella Wells (Crafts Council, artistic director COLLECT), Chris Bramble (artist, educator, director Kingsgate Studios), and Bisila Noha (artist, art advisor, London LGBTQ+ Community Centre Project) The Young Masters Emerging Woman Artist Award judging panel comprises: Dr Chris Blatchley (collector and scientist), Vestalia Chilton (Director of Kensington + Chelsea Art Trail & Art Week and Founding Director of the Do Good Placemaking Company), and Charmaine Beneyto (Artist at Procreate Project, director, writer, curator, and founder of CB Art Advisory) Prizes for the Young Masters Art Prize include an Overall Award of £1,500, sponsored by Evelyn Partners and two highly commended prizes of £500 each, awarded by the Artists Collecting Society. The Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize has an Overall Award of £1,000 and a highly commended prize of £500, generously given by James and Maylis Grand.
For a third edition, Dr Chris Blatchley awards the Emerging Woman Artist Award of £1,000, along with mentoring, career advice and inclusion in an upcoming Art Fair with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery.
Dr Virginie Lerouge Knight is again generously supporting a £1,000 award for an artist who explores and embraces a cross-cultural awareness through their work. Brownhill Insurance Group will once again sponsor the People’s Choice Award with a £500 prize. New for 2023, Cockpit Studios are awarding the Cockpit Prize to two artists working in the expanded field of craft, which includes mentoring and business support, and the Randolph Blume Foundation supports a new acquisition award to purchase a work from this year’s shortlist. UK charity Paintings in Hospitals will award £500 to an artist on the shortlist, whose work responds to a health and wellbeing theme.