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2011 Prix Canson®: Ronald Cornelissen

«While large areas of Cornelissen’s drawings are often left white, their atmosphere is nevertheless usually one of night. People are rare presences in these works, and are often confined to their beds or to their cars.
As with his images of urban life, humour is central to his critique, although it does not and perhaps cannot point to a model of a better world. This is art that’s aware that even when a particular moment of crisis has passed, deeper and perhaps inescapable problems remain. A bombed city may be rebuilt. A Pope or President may be replaced. What though, of the monsters that live in our hearts? Maybe all we can do is to greet them with a half-hopeful, half-hopeless laugh».

 

Extract of Tom Morton on the drawings of Ronald Cornelissen