The Turner Prize is upon us.
Arguably one of the most influential events in the art world, the annual Turner Prize is a prestigious award which highlights the work of a select group of up-coming artists. Even being short-listed is an honour, the acknowledgement leading to attention from a wider audience and, therefore, an increase in interest (and value) in the artist's work.
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Here is our list of Turner Prize winners and nominees:
Richard Deacon won the Turner Prize in 1987.
Deacon explores the world through abstract sculpture and language. He creates organic, fluid forms which suggest a sense of movement and flexibility in solid, unyielding materials, giving a number of his works titles that suggest references to the human body.
Keith Tyson won the Turner Prize in 2002
Tyson is interested in generative systems. He is arguably most famous for his Art Machine, a machine made up of computers which generated around 12,000 proposals for artworks. He also explores imagery and the various ways they are interconnected and associated with one another.
Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize in 2003.
His practice primarily involves working with ceramics, but has extended to include textiles and printmaking, through which he challenges traditional notions concerning the artist’s status versus that of the artisan. His work explores a variety of contemporary and historical themes, offering a direct commentary on societal injustices and hypocrisies.
Mark Wallinger won the Turner Prize in 2007.
Wallinger’s work concerns itself with traditions and values of British society, including its religious views and class systems.
Martin Boyce won the Turner Prize in 2011
Boyce’s works reference conventional public spaces - the playground, pedestrian subway, discarded or abandoned sites - to form a cohesive and immersive environment…sculptural forms recall conventional public furniture; benches, bins, signage and lighting. Drawing on the iconography and subsequent production of modernist design; these objects take on an alternative life by being displaced from their original context and purpose.
Laure Prouvost won the Turner Prize in 2013
Prouvost's work often engages with language through installation and film, creating an unexpected and often humorous detachment between image, language, and the perceived meaning. Her juxtaposition of images and texts prompt an exploration of the imagination and the Surreal that immerses the viewer in a playful questioning of experience and meaning.
Duncan Campbell won the Turner Prize in 2014
Campbell questions the documentary form, by combining found/archive footage with his own, new material to create films about controversial figures in society.
Richard Wilson was nominated for the Turner Prize in both 1988 and 1989.
Wilson is one of Britain’s most renowned sculptors. He is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space, which draw heavily from the worlds of engineering and construction.
Gary Hume was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996.
Hume is famous for his simplified aesthetic, transforming everyday objects and subjects into 2dimensional, colour block forms. A member of the YBAs (Young British Artists), alongside Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, his work was influenced by pop culture, the bright colours emulating those of adverts and cartoons.
Sam Taylor-Wood was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 1998.
Taylor-Wood makes photographs and films that examine, through highly charged scenarios, our shared social and psychological conditions. Her work examines the split between being and appearance, often placing her human subjects in situations where the line between interior and external sense of self is in conflict.
Jim Lambie was short listed for the Turner Prize in 2005
His work is made from materials and objects he has to hand. As well as mirrors, vinyl records and men’s shirts, he transforms record sleeves into sculptures, and ladders and tape into installations, turning even the most commonplace objects into sources of enchantment.
Sun Visor (Snow White)
Yinka Shonibare was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 2004.
Shonibare is a British-Nigerian artist, based in London. His work explores cultural identity and colonialism in terms of contemporary society, impacted by globalisation.
Mark Titchner was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006.
Titchner’s work involves an exploration of the tensions between the different belief systems that inform our society, be they religious, scientific or political. He works across a number of media, often using motifs taken from advertising, religious iconography, political propaganda etc. The common denominator among this material is a quest for idealism and enlightenment; a desire for some form of transcendence.
Lucy Skaer was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2009.
Skaer’s work sits between various categories, between symbolism and documentation and the past and present. Her work is multi-disciplinary, using film, drawings, sculpture, craft or decorative objects, prints, glass and ceramics, she explores images, materials and objects to explore how their meaning changes in different circumstances.
George Shaw was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011
Shaw is known for his highly detailed approach and suburban subject matter. His favoured medium is Humbrol enamel paints, more usually used to paint model trains and aeroplanes. This gives his work a unique appearance.
Luke Fowler was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2012
Fowler is a filmmaker who uses photographs, archival images and music, building experimental cinematic collages that ultimately deconstruct conventional thoughts about biography and the documentary; the viewer is drawn in and confronted with their own relationship to history and to film as an art form.
David Shrigley was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2013.
Shrigley is an artist and illustrator who creates witty, biting cartoons that use simple drawings and text to comment on small but bizarre elements of everyday life. His works are almost childish, and created as if following a train of thought, with words scribbled out and images made up of quick, uneven lines.