Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Countdown: Deb Covell, Artist in Profile

Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Countdown: Deb Covell, Artist in Profile

Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize, Deb Covell exhibited a selection of pieces from her series Black and White Paintings throughout spring and summer 2014 in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 group show at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. In the run up to the current call for entries close on 31 August, we look at Covell’s practice as a source of inspiration and as a dynamic contribution to the contemporary art scene – intriguingly crossing the boundaries between painting and sculpture.

Deb Covell (MA Fine Art UEL, London) lives in Saltburn, Teesside. Her practice is concerned with bringing a form into being by exploring the material and physical qualities of acrylic paint. Her mission is to reduce everything in her paintings to a Zero state, free from mimicry and illusion and making the traditional support of a canvas redundant in the pursuit to create without limitation.

Covell builds up dense layers of acrylic paint onto stretched plastic sheets which are peeled off and brought into the sculptural realm through a process of folding , creasing, cutting and collapsing until a new form emerges. Recent exhibitions have taken place at the Royal College of Art, London (2014); Untitled Gallery, Manchester (2013); WW Gallery, London (2013), Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough; and Venice Biennale, Venice.

Her works are held in private and public collections including the MIMA Collection and Paintings in Hospitals and she has received favourable reviews about her work in the Guardian, Art Monthly and Corridor8 magazine. She has been invited to undertake an Open Studio Residency, From Nowt to Summat in response to the Louise Bourgeois Artists Rooms exhibition at MIMA. Future exhibitions include Absoloute Zero (2014) PS2, MIMA; Inside Out (2014) Surface2 Air, Soho, New York; Sha Boogie Bop (2014) Anonymous Gallery, Soho , New York; Transparent Things (2015), and Aid and Abet, Cambridge and Border Crossing (2015) Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.

Enter the Aesthetica Art Prize at Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into one category.

Submissions close 31 August 2014. Prizes include £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox; group exhibition, publication, art books courtesy of Prestel and art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton.

1. Deb Covell, Black and White Paintings. Aesthetica Art Prize: Painting and Drawing Longlist. Courtesy of the artist and Aesthetica.

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