Celebrating innovative and thought-provoking practice, the Aesthetica Art Prize is an opportunity for wider recognition. We select 10 Painting finalists from previous editions.
Johnston considers all still life to be concerned with death, and continues this association with his recent pictures of food slowly decaying in glass jars, deconstructed cakes and roadkill.
2) Daniel Mullen, Moment to the Future
Monument to the Future comes from an ongoing series of paintings exploring our perception of reality. It evokes an architectural structure but the transparent quality of the painting alludes to fragility.
Exploring our relationships with technology, Peter Davis poses questions about the digital epoch we inhabit and the status of the human being in society today.
Resembling unfolded boxes or origami creations, Frea Buckler’s one-off works on paper result from an intuitive use of silkscreen techniques, and a spontaneous methodology.
Drawing on the influence of the Baroque as well as contemporary figures such as Gregory Crewdson, Khushna believes the process of re-realising an already photographed moment leads a distilled vision.
The artist collects and appropriates photographs found from the internet and newspapers. The mediated image is then painted in order to invest in the image with the capability to function as a signifier.
Inspired by an image of a man transfixed by a tomato, the artist noticed how his absorbed mental state was used as a metaphor for the promise of what’s inside.
In this painting, Coburn explores the impact of the elements on an abandoned linen mill, with puddled rain reflecting the leaking north lights.
Cabba uses the self-portrait to capture the transience of identity from moment to moment – we can never be the same person twice.
Inspired by the surrounding environment and individuals, Adva Karni’s painting is figurative, using a variety of techniques and surfaces.
Entries for the Aesthetica Art Prize are currently open. Categories include: Photographic & Digital Art; Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; and Video Installation & Performance. There are two awards for entry: the Main Art Prize and the Emerging Art Prize. Prizes include £5,000, group exhibition and publication in an inspiring anthology.