Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2018

As far as I am aware, the Ashurst Emerging Art Prize has been running since 2016.

I entered five pieces into this 'competition' for the first time. I was impressed with much of the work that was entered and knew it was going to be tough.

You can only imagine my amazement, view shortlisted artists here, when the shortlisted artists were announced and that some of the artworks selected were, well, words escape me.

I have belatedly come to realise that 'art' is one of the most manipulated markets in the world.

The value and desirability of an artwork should encompass composition, media and beauty.

The Oxford Dictionary definition on art : the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

To quote from the ArtPrize website:

"Our main aim is to find artists that show significant potential, interesting ideas, a relevant message and skillful execution."

Really? So, what happened?

 
 Richard Graville

Richard Graville

No offense to Richard Graville, one of the artists whose work was shortlisted, who likes to paint shapes, reminds me of another artist, Mark Rothko.

I speak for myself and any other artist who may feel the same way, that after labouring over my passion for months, I feel cheated.

In summation, my personal view is that galleries and the so-called 'experts', set the taste in art and also the price.

Perhaps you recall a story you read as a child; The Emperor's New Clothes. Can you guess who the swindler is in this 21st Century version?