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The 2015 Prix Canson® Finalists



Born in 1974 in San Francisco, USA. Lives in New York and San Francisco, USA.

If the work of American artist Trisha Donnelly may take the form of drawings, photographs, videos, sound pieces, spatial installations or performances, her work should not be reduced to a variety of techniques. All of the media used by the artist allow her to distil clues between actions and objects, between reality and a perception of the world that is both tangible and subtly diffuse. The drawings are executed in pencil, pastel, ink and graphite, in a precise line which communicates via the white space or the material of the paper. More often than not, the artist’s works address the sketch or the outline, the fragment, hints or allusions to objects from everyday life or a detail of a chosen form, somewhat mysterious, and yet obvious through both the accuracy of its depiction and its outlines.

Recent solo exhibitions: Galerie Air de Paris, Paris, France; Serpentine Gallery, London, England; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA; Porkus, Frankfurt, Germany.



Born in 1978 in Teheran, Iran. Lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

Rokni Haerizadeh, was born in Iran but currently lives in Dubai. He has become known for his paintings and drawings with their scathing narrative on the familial rites and traditions of his own culture. His intense activity is driven by a blistering energy and he often recycles images circulating on news sites, social networks and videos. His recent drawings, painted directly onto photographs, are representative of his extravagant and critical body of work, and appear in the form of political and moral fables. They may be said to reflect similar issues of ideological discourse and voyeuristic violence fuelled by the media which he explores in the installations, paintings, collages or animated films he creates alone, or with his brother Ramin Haerizadeh. ‘Growing up in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war had a great impact on my generation. Thinking about life and death, as a child, makes you very serious’. And distant.

Recent solo exhibitions: Kunstalle Zürich, Switzerland; Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai; New Museum, New York, USA.



Born in 1973 in Stockton-on-Tees, England. Lives in London, England.

Through his lightweight aluminium and transparent resin sculptures, his drawings, obtained by pressing and stamping, executed in graphite and coloured pencil, or objects such as ropes, segments of loose wire, scraps of cardboard, plastic elements, or cut and torn paper, English artist David Musgrave, explores the adventurous borders that lie between abstraction and figuration. A sculptor of the ‘inframince’, his work incorporates wall installations, digital images and drawing. Between impressions of real objects and graphic fictions, the sheets of paper handled by the artist are wrinkled, folded, stained and marked on their surface by a free network of evanescent lines revealing a ghostly matter, between absence and revelation, and illustrate a playful yet experimental way of looking at forms as sources of disturbances, accidents and inventions. 

Recent solo exhibitions: Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, USA; greengrassi Gallery, London, England; Tate Britain, London, England.


Mithu SEN

Born in 1971 in Burdwan, India. Lives in New Delhi, India.​

Through her sculptures, installations of objects and organic matter, as well as her large-format ink drawings and watercolours on paper, New Delhi-based artist Mithu Sen, has become known at an international level, similar to other Indian artists on the contemporary art scene today, like Subodh Gupta or Rina Banerjee. She is renowned for her acerbic derisory work, with its pictorial exploration and grotesque representations of the body, sexuality and desire, in allusion to the osmosis or blurred line that exists between the human and animal kingdoms. Between delicate pencil strokes to graphically dense images, drawing occupies a central place in Sen’s work, which occasionally takes the form of some rather spectacular installations. 

Recent solo exhibitions: Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria; Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan, USA; Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris & Brussels, France & Belgium.



Born in 1980 in Rosario, Argentina. Lives in Rosario, Argentina.

A giant whale beached in a forest, a life-size elephant stuck under a pile of stone beams, ossified human figures or modern objects in catastrophic landscapes of cooled lava or architectural ruins, the sculptural works—modelled in fresh clay—of Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas are always spectacular, and unconventional in format. Created on-site and doomed to destruction, the artist’s ephemeral works are inspired by contemporary literature, science fiction, music and comics, and address the theme of the end of humanity: what will remain after the end of the world, after the end of art? His numerous drawings and graphic creations, inkjet and watercolours on paper, perpetuate, echo and invent, via an autonomous practice, figures and landscapes congruous with scenes of an apocalyptic world, in the grip of certain disaster.

Recent solo exhibitions: Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Fiac, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France ; Artsonje Center, Seoul, South Korea ; MoMa PS1, New York, USA ; Serpentine