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Figureworks Award Show 2018

On display at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Ottawa from November Nov 21st to Dec 1st, 2018. (full details)

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2018 Figureworks Prize Winners

As selected by our 2018 jury

Mater Dolorosa (Angela) by Olivia Johnston

First Prize ($4000) - Mater Dolorosa (Angela)

Olivia Johnston
2017
Inkjet print on paper, custom made MDF frame and hand-applied imitation gold leaf
81.5 cm x 68.5cm x 3 cm
$1275
I am entranced by images of the Virgin Mary. She is one of us, she is all of us.

As described by the jury: A contemporary remix of an iconic subject investing the sitter in a contemplative moment with agency and grace. The artist references the art historical canon with a fresh visual language.

Unmask by Nicole Sleeth

Second Prize ($1500): Unmask

Nicole Sleeth
2018
Oil on linen
60" x 40"
$6250

As described by the jury: This confident study explores multiple perspective and poses suggesting the elapse of movement and time. Draws attention to the materiality of the paint by interrupting the smooth coherence of the figure with sudden interjections of painterly marks.

Lift by Erin Frances Brown

Third Prize ($1000): Lift

Erin Frances Brown
2018
Urethane resin with oil paint
27" x 11" x 23"
$4500

As described by the jury: A self contained dreamlike sculpture that suspends all notions of gravity suggesting an open ended narrative. With an uncanny sense of impending awakening.

Honorable Mention ($500) - Dysmorphia

Alondra Ruiz-Hernandez, Kimia Ghofrani and Oscar Fletcher
2018
Clay on body, lights and camera
Featuring two artists performing with clay to manifest a state of alienation of the self within the body.

As described by the jury: An explorative work that dramatically captures the alienation of the self within the body playing off the duality of mind and materiality.


2018 Figureworks Finalists

In alphabetical order by artists name.

Probing the Isle of Arran by Peter Adams

Probing the Isle of Arran

Peter Adams
2017
Oil on canvas
36" x 30"
$3000
A portrait of my son posing in front of a map of the Isle of Arran, after which he was named. About identity and how we gain confidence and independence in our early teens.

Self-portrait with Red Lamp by Jessie Babin

Self-portrait with Red Lamp

Jessie Babin
2018
Coloured Pencil on paper
11" x 17"
NFS

The happy knitter by Margo Blackell

The happy knitter

Margo Blackell
2018
Water soluble graphite on terra skin (mineral paper)
18" x 26"
$700

Afternoon on George’s Yacht by Olivier Bonnet

Afternoon on George’s Yacht

Olivier Bonnet
2018
Mixed Media: chalk and charcoal on a 1954 Canadian Hydrographic Service map of Lake Ontario
42" x 51"
$1450

Nurture Me by Kimberley Callas

Nurture Me

Kimberley Callas
2018
3D print, PLA Bio Filament
29" x 16" x 6"
$1300
Part of a new ‘Eco Self’ series.

Sunday Morning by Danielle Clarke

Sunday Morning

Danielle Clarke
2018
Oil on canvas
40" x 30"
$2500
This painting of Katie, whom has been seen as something “other” her entire life as a result of her facial difference, depicts her with a sense of normalcy that serves as a rejection of the prejudices through which others have seen her.

Wallflowers by Christine Cousineau

Wallflowers

Christine Cousineau
2017
Oil on linen
64" x 46"
$4000
Composed of fragments of photographs from a variety of sources which are compiled in Photoshop to form an entirely new image.

Princess Rachel Imperatrix by Byrne Currie

Princess Rachel Imperatrix

Byrne Currie
2017
Oil on canvas mounted on panel
33" x 18"
$1500

Anon#1 by Art DiLella

Anon#1

Art DiLella
2017
Silicone, mixed media
32 x 33 x 21 cm (12.6" x 12.9" x 8.26")
$5650

and in the end by Hannah Evans

and in the end

Hannah Evans
2018
Inkjet on archival paper
12" x 12"
$350
A break-up portrait; My former partner pushes the shutter button 5 days after our break-up, and in the bed we still shared together.

Kaniehtiio by Christine Fitzgerald

Kaniehtiio

Christine Fitzgerald
2017
Unique aluminum “Tintype” mounted and framed in a beeswax coated natural maple shadow box frame with UV plexiglass. The tintype is coated with sandarac and lavender oil as was done in the 19th century.
12" x 14"
NFS
Kaniehtiio (‘beautiful snow’ in kanien’keha) is from the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve and Ottawa. The diagonal line is symbolic of my friend living in two worlds.

Tangled Up in Us by Jonathan Groeneweg

Tangled Up in Us

Jonathan Groeneweg
2018
Inkjet print on used mattress cover
60" x 40"
NFS

Blue Couch by Caroline Ji

Blue Couch

Caroline Ji
2018
Oil on canvas
36" x 36"
$2000
Exploring solitude stemming from having an introverted personality in the contemporary world.

Camo Girls: WWI Women in Camouflage by Veronica Keith

Camo Girls: WWI Women in Camouflage

Veronica Keith
2018
Oils on board
30" x 40"
$1375.5
An exploration of the Women’s Reserve Camouflage Corps, made up of women artists who developed camouflage for use by American troops in Europe during World War I.

Amber Light by Janet Kimantas

Amber Light

Janet Kimantas
2018
Oil on board
48" x 36"
$3000

Untitled 2 (from the Series “Troubling The Image”) by Karina Kraenzle

Untitled 2 (from the Series “Troubling The Image”)

Karina Kraenzle
2018
Inkjet print on archival paper
12" x 18"
$700
The series attempts to explore new meaning through images that have been dislocated in time and space.

Sarah No. 2 by Geneviève Labbé

Sarah No. 2

Geneviève Labbé
2016
Pigment Print on Cotton Rag
36" x 24"
$500
A minimalistic document about the small moments of loneliness.

New Dawn by Sarah Lacy

New Dawn

Sarah Lacy
2018
Oil on linen
20" x 30"
$4000
Finished after a break-up when the imagery of dawn clouds and blooming flowers came to me.

Sérénité by Jacques Lajeunesse

Sérénité

Jacques Lajeunesse
2018
Huile et tempera, mortier de structure sur canevas de cotton
158 x 101.6 cm
$6500

A Look to My Life by Gabriel Lavoie

A Look to My Life

Gabriel Lavoie
2018
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
NFS

Untitled Performance by Kelsey McGruer

Untitled Performance

Kelsey McGruer
2015
Inkjet print on paper
64" x 44"
$1500

Ioanna in Herringbone Jacket by Andrew McKay

Ioanna in Herringbone Jacket

Andrew McKay
2016
Acrylic, ink and graphite
24" x 20"
$2875

Rob by Kathy McNenly

Rob

Kathy McNenly
2018
Oil on linen mounted on acm panel
21" x 16.5"
NFS

Water Dance 1 by Lora Moore-Kakaletris

Water Dance 1

Lora Moore-Kakaletris
2018
Photo printed on inkjet photo paper, mounted between 2 pieces of acrylic
23" x 18"
$695

Cleopatra by Lucia Mugica

Cleopatra

Lucia Mugica
2018
Pigment ink on cotton rag
36" x 36"
$750

Verdugo by Lucia Mugica

Verdugo

Lucia Mugica
2018
Pigment ink on cotton rag
36" x 36"
$750

Garden Variety Seven by David Nelson

Garden Variety Seven

David Nelson
2017
Polymer Clay, glass garden cloche, artificial moss
18" x 12" x 12"
$2000

P12 by Philippe Pallafray

P12

Philippe Pallafray
2018
Stainless steel, aluminum and computer hard drive
12" x 16" x 9.5"
$5000
The work speaks to a future in which robotics may not only have replaced parts of the human body but also may have displaced humans altogether.

Henry by Michelle Peraza

Henry

Michelle Peraza
2018
Oil on aluminum
60" x 48"
$2500
Henry, my father, a Costa Rican immigrant.

Blue Woman by Benjamin Phillips

Blue Woman

Benjamin Phillips
2017
Polymerized gypsum, silicone, fiberglass, paint, steel, pigment
62" x 18" x 16"
NFS

Ruth by Janice Saunders

Ruth

Janice Saunders
2018
Inkjet print on archival photo paper lustre, black and white photo
16.25" x 10.75"
NFS
My 95 year old mother. She has dementia but her handwriting is still beautiful. First she wrote her name, the rest followed.

Portrait of Elsa by Roger Schmidt

Portrait of Elsa

Roger Schmidt
2017
Charcoal and chalk on primed aluminum panel.
36" x 26"
$3500

Sight Un-Sensed by Audrey Smith

Sight Un-Sensed

Audrey Smith
2018
Acrylic and charcoal on gallery wood panel
48" x 36"
$2450
About feeling disconnected during a visit to China.

Morning Stretches by Ruth Steinberg

Morning Stretches

Ruth Steinberg
2017
Medium format film; digital archival print
18" x 18"
$650

Urban Stream by Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart

Urban Stream

Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart
2018
Photograph, archival fine art print
30" x 24"
$700
Using forks and spoons collected around the pond, the costume reflects the swans that live there.

Cultural Appropriation #5 by Gilles Tarabisuité

Cultural Appropriation #5

Gilles Tarabisuité
2018
Photo: Inkjet on Endure 255 paper
42" x60"
$2000
Starting from the premise that cultural identities cannot be fixed in definitive categories, I deconstruct and reconstruct these identities by mixing the cultural attributes and signs of each other.

Bella Donna by Nicholas Thompson

Bella Donna

Nicholas Thompson
2018
Marble (Carrara Statuario)
15" x 13" x 12"
$2300

Searching for Icarus by Radek Vizina

Searching for Icarus

Radek Vizina
2018
Oil on canvas on panel
40" x 30"
$3500

Veteran Elder by Nelson White

Veteran Elder

Nelson White
2018
Oil on canvas
24" x 24"
$1500
Ellsworth R. Oakley jr who served with the US Army Rakasan Division 187 airborne during the Korean War.