The judges of the prestigious Catlin Art Prize have this week announced Jon Baker as one of the eight shortlisted artists for 2015. A graduate of Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, Jon has already been selected for the Parasol Unit Exposure 14 Award and held a solo show at Photofusion earlier this year. All eight shortlisted artists will exhibit their work at Londonewcastle Project Space, with the winner announced on 13 May.
Finalists are selected from The Catlin Guide 2015 for their “potential to make a significant mark on the art world in the next decade” and compete to win the main prize of £5,000. The public also vote for one artist to win the £2,000 Visitor Vote £2,000, with nominations cast via a ballot box at the Londonewcastle Project Space.
Commnenting on Jon Baker’s work, Catlin curator Justin Hammond said: “I first saw Jon’s photographs – a series called Gape – at his degree show and I couldn’t quite work them out. The images were roaringly explicit, yet delicate and ambiguous. That paradox is intrinsic to Mother’s Medal, his most recent body of work. This time round a curious backstory further impedes a clear-cut reading. I’m certain that Jon can take another leap forward with his series for the Catlin Art Prize.”
The Catlin Art Prize exhibition runs 8-30 May at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP.
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