The 2016 Prix Canson® Finalists
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Born in Nigeria in 1982
Lives and works in New York
ruby onyinyechi amanze is a visual artist whose practice is primarily centered around drawing and works on paper. Her large scaled drawings are part of an ongoing, non-linear narrative called aliens, hybrids and ghosts that explore space, play, and reveal cultural hybridity. Existing somewhere between constructed reality, fantasy, memory and imagination, these penciland- ink drawings on paper embellished with glitter and fluorescent pen invent a space where ethnic and cultural borders seemed to be abolished. «This isn’t social science, it’s magic-realism and the power of drawing to invent worlds for ourselves. I’m a story-teller, not an advocate» she says. Born in Nigeria in 1982, amanze immediately relocated to the U.K, prior to moving to the U.S. In 2012-2013, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholars Award in Drawing to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She currently resides in New York where she is an Artistin- Residence at the Queens Museum and in the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions Program.
Born in 1984 in the United States
Lives and works in New York, Atlanta and Chicago
Bethany Collins is a multidisciplinary artist who takes the material of the classroom––paper, Pink Pearl erasers, graphite, old dictionaries and, more broadly, language itself––to create spare, poetically charged works on paper, objects and wall-based installations. Her work is fueled by a critical exploration of how race and language interact. Collins transfers and obscures dictionary definitions, government reports and historical publications to create restrained statements that ring with emotive power. Bethany Collins lives and works in New York, Atlanta, and Chicago.
She has been exhibited at the Birmingham Museum Art in 2016.
Bethany Collins is represented by Richard Gray Gallery, New York
Njideka Akunyili CROSBY
Born in 1983 in Enugu, Nigeria
Lives and works in Los Angeles
Informed by art historical and literary sources, Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s complex, multi-layered works reflect contemporary transcultural identity. Combining drawing, painting and collage on paper, Akunyili Crosby’s large-scale figurative compositions are drawn from the artist’s memories and experiences. She uses the visual language and inherited traditions of classical academic western painting, particularly the portrait and still life. Akunyili Crosby’s characters and scenes, however, occupy the liminal, in-between zone that post-colonial theorist Homi K. Bhabha refers to as ‘the third space’, a point of overlap, conflation and mixing of cultural influences specific to diaspora communities. Akunyili Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria, in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She is the 2015 recipient of the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize from the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Her work as been featured in Frieze, Art in America, the New York Times, and Art Forum.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby is represented by Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Born in 1968 in Macclefields, Scotland
Lives and works in Brighton, United Kingdom
David Shrigley is best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. His quickwitted drawings and hand-rendered texts are typically deadpan in their humour and reveal chance utterings like snippets of over-heard conversations. Reoccurring themes and thoughts pervade his story telling capturing child-like views of the world, the perspective of aliens and monsters or the compulsive habits of an eavesdropper shouting out loud. In 2013, Shrigley was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. Among his recent solo shows: Lose Your Mind, British Council in Guadalajara, Mexico (2016), Drawings and Paintings, Stephen Friedman, London (2016) and soon David Shrigley, Rose Art Museum, Massachussets.
Born in 1975 in Cambridge, United Kingdom
Lives and works in Glasgow
Throughout her practice, in sculpture, print, drawing, and film, Lucy Skaer mines the conceptual possibilities of each in order to examine the shifts between dimensions, to explore the gap between object and image, and to represent the gradations between these mediums. The artist includes to her artworks her intimate language made of geometric and fundamental figures. Beyond a visible diversity, these pieces of art explore the mechanisms from where we give a meaning to the objects we believe we know: blew up press images reproducing well-known paintings, reworked old movies’ extracts thought abstraction; rebuilt disseminated fragments… These large scales works on paper often participate in her installation’s scenography.
In 2009, Skaer was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, and in 2007, she represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale. Lucy Skaer is represented by Murray Guy Gallery (New York)