On Sunday 31 May, the final day of the London Original Print Fair Online, the five emerging printmakers shortlisted for the Jerwood Printmaking Today Prize 2020 were announced by Anne Desmet RA, Chairman of the judging panel.
Now in its second year, this prize in partnership with London Original Print Fair (LOPF) and Printmaking Today is focused on championing artists who are excelling in the field of printmaking during the first ten years of developing their print practice; demonstrating a deep understanding of the medium or a fresh approach to printmaking. Nominations were invited by exhibitors at LOPF.
Chaired by Anne Desmet RA, the judging panel included Leonie Bradley, artist and Editor of Jerwood Printmaking Today; Catherine Daunt, Hamish Parker Curator of Modern and Contemporary Graphic Art, British Museum; Philippa Hogan-Hern, Executive Director Jerwood and Helen Rosslyn, Director LOPF.
The shortlisted artists for the Jerwood Printmaking Today Prize 2020 are:
Prudence Ainslie (nominated by Rabley Gallery)
Nick Archer (nominated by Long and Ryle)
Lisa Chang Lee ARE (nominated by Royal Society of Painter Printmakers)
Sophie Charalambous (nominated by Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery)
Calum McClure (nominated by Glasgow Print Studio)
Speaking about the Jerwood Printmaking Today Prize 2020, Anne Desmet RA, said,
“It was a pleasure and an honour to chair this prize for a second year. The standard of submissions was again very high with memorable prints from young early-career artists and by mid-career artists who are new to printmaking.
Works were wonderfully diverse, ranging from the intensively figurative to pure abstraction and some bold sloganeering. There were monoprints, multi-layered woodblocks, screenprints, etchings, stone lithographs and any number of mixed-media and experimental processes. Reducing our collective shortlist to just five artists was difficult, yet that difficulty reflects the strength and vitality of the art of print and the increasing numbers of galleries which support it.”
The winner will be announced in late June and will receive £2,500 and a feature article in the Winter issue of Printmaking Today.