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Alzbeta Jaresova wins Griffin Art Prize 2012

Alzbeta Jaresova, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Griffin Art Prize, winning a six month studio residency culminating in a solo show in September 2013. 

Alzbeta, who recently completed her MA in Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, was one of ten artists shortlisted for the new painting and drawing award, which is dedicated to supporting emerging talent.

The judging panel included internationally renowned painter Ian Davenport; director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON gallery, Zavier Ellis; award winning journalist Deborah Orr; and Art Foundation chair Jenny Lindén Urnes.

Lindén Urnes comments: “I’m delighted and proud to have been a part of the Griffin Art Prize in its first year. Our shortlisted artists are all fantastic – and we’re particularly pleased with our winner. Alzbeta Jaresova is an excellent artist who will most certainly be able to grow and develop during her residency here at the Griffin Gallery and we’re all looking forward to her solo show later in 2013.”

The Griffin Art Prize has been launched by leading fine art materials brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, as part of their long-term commitment to sustaining and nurturing new talent in painting and drawing.

Jaresova, who uses both drawing and sculpture to explore the subconscious dialogue between historical memory and the functioning of social structures, comments on her success: “I’m very excited and overwhelmed – I wasn’t expecting to win so I’m honoured to be recognised in this way.”

She continues: “The residency means access to a large studio space and all the materials you can imagine. Use of scale and experimenting with materials is something I’ve always wanted to do, so in applying for this prize I automatically thought about making my work larger – and I can’t wait to get started. 

“All in all, I’m honoured to have the patronage of such well-renowned brands and look forward to developing my career through the association. I also wanted to thank the whole Griffin Gallery team that have been there during the entire process, it has been such a pleasure working with you and am excited to work with you in the coming months.”

Jaresova’s six month working residency in The Studio Building, London W.11 begins during March 2013. The studio is located next to a state of the art Innovation & Development department, where chemists work on the development of fine art products creating a unique position of having fine art materials' expertise on the doorstep.