Prizes were awarded at the Private View of FBA Futures 2020 at Mall Galleries on Tuesday 7 January.
Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prize winners for their outstanding work.
FBA Futures is open at Mall Galleries until Sunday 18 January.
The Hottinger Prize
Tobi Alexandra Falade for her work Between Two Worlds and My Other.
Tobi's oil paintings and sculptural works explore the duality of her past and present, and her belief that a ‘shadow self’ continues to live on in Nigeria. Derived from found family photographs, and Falade’s own photographic images, and using collage and printmaking, the works uneasily conjoin two constantly merging and separating worlds, with the subject unable to fully identify with one or the other. Falade’s bronze work in the form of masks develops the idea of the shadow self by regenerating past histories in the contemporary diaspora through the Ife and Benin mask traditions of her Yoruba ancestors. Her painting Between Two Worlds has been purchased for the Höttinger collection, which includes contemporary art by artists exploring notions of family, trust, identity and home.
Ally Hunter, Director, Hottinger Capital Partners said, “Tobi’s artwork stood apart as being both original and incredibly powerful. We are thrilled that she will be the fourth recipient of the Hottinger Prize, and truly excited about how her creative practice will develop. In making this award, we are delighted to be supporting another art graduate from the outstanding showcase selected by the Federation of British Artists”.
The Minerva Prize
Lydia Blakeley Is This Internet Art (2)
The work is a series of eight small paintings based on a meme of Persian Cat Room Guardian (2013), an animal sculpture by Anya Boz, originally created to protect the home from negative energies. After the artist posted an image of the cat online it became – without her permission – a viral meme, captioned with text about annoying situations to which the cat appears to be reacting.
Marine Tanguy, judge for the Minerva Prize and founder of MT Art Agency said, “‘I was impressed by how Lydia Blakeley’s paintings reflect on the speed of contemporary consumer culture, whether it’s the excesses of the retail sector or online media, and the aspirations to change this. Lydia is a passionate, ambitious and visionary artist who deserves every success in her career.”
Be Smart About Art Award
Won by Alexandra Searle
Alexandra wins £500 worth of mentoring from Susan Mumford, founder of Be Smart About Art.
FBA Futures continues at Mall Galleries until Sunday 18 January. Admission Free.