John Jones Art on Paper Award Winner 2013
20 March 2013
We are delighted to announce that the judges of the John Jones Art on Paper Award have selected Fahd Burki as the recipient of the 2013 prize!
Represented by Grey Noise, Dubai, Fahd Burki constructs personal mythologies of symbolic archetypes that eschew categorisation but offer a strange familiarity. Consisting of geometric forms and lines created with acrylic paint and digital print, the artist's work offers a minimalist sensibility that is at times witty and at times menacing.
The judges of the 2013 award included visual artist Mat Collishaw; curator and director, Carre Art Musee, Nimes, Jean-Marc Prevost; and writer and curator, Tate, Nada Raza. On their selection, the jury members stated:
"Fahd Burki's enigmatic works mischievously elude definition, appearing like strangly esoteric symbols, ideograms of contemporary times. The works make multiple references to the history of art and pop culture, between Primitivism and science fiction".
The award was conceived in 2012 to recognize the potential for excellence and innovation for works produced on paper. It is open annually to any artist exhibiting with a gallery at Art Dubai, regardless of age, nationality and gender – with the one stipulation that their work involves paper. As part of their prize, Fahd Burki will be given the opportunity to present a dedicated exhibition in Dubai between March 2013 and March 2014, will receive a cash prize and the winning works will also be acquired for the John Jones Contemporary Art Collection in London!
Our Managing Director Matt Jones is delighted with the result, stating "The judges have chosen a fascinating young artist and we look forward to working with both him and Grey Noise, Dubai to produce an incredible solo show during next year's fair. It's a very exciting result."
The winners of the 2012 John Jones Art on Paper Award were artists Hassan Sharif (UAE) and Luis Camnitzer (Uruguay). Art Week 2013 includes a special exhibition of new work by these past winners at Satellite, Dubai entitled ‘Two Parallel Lines: Hassan Sharif and Luis Camnitzer’. This show is the result of a fruitful year-long conversation between both artists, which has inspired the production of new work by each. Sharif’s semi-system Iching and Camnitzer’s Rorschach Series address a transcontinental condition that both artists shared; these new bodies of work exemplify their mutual conceptual rigor and a subtle poetic sensibility.