National Sculpture Prize 2019 Finalists
Look below to discover which ten UK based artists have been chosen to test their creative mettle and become the winner of the NSP 2019.
Roger Clarke is an artist who works across a variety of media including sculpture, installation and sound. After graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art, he was awarded the Henry Moore Sculpture Fellowship at Winchester School of Art and subsequently the Rome Scholarship in Sculpture at the British School at Rome. He is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Bath Spa University and his work has been exhibited throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. His most recent work is the Roja Rolling Top, a large painted fibreglass sculpture completed in 2018 that can be rolled around an axis.
Trev Clarke trained initially in journalistic photography and worked as a Freelance Photographer. He returned to education and obtained a City & Guilds qualification in stone carving from Dudley College (2003-2006). From 2006 to 2010 he studied for a BA, then MA in Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton, where he was subsequently Artist in Residence and visiting lecturer. His awards include the Sandvik Award for Excellence in Sculpture (2008). In 1996 he received the Ian Parry Scholarship (sponsored by the Sunday Times Magazine & Nikon) and travelled to Bosnia to photograph the aftermath of the Bosnian war.Since 2005 he has worked as a sculptor and letter carver, producing his own work and assisting several leading practitioners including, recently, the sculptor Peter Randall Page.
Šárka Darton is a Czech-born artist and designer, whose multimedia practice explores the relationships between people, places and architecture; examining the notion of identity in the context of our occupation of ever-changing space and time. Šárka started her studies in the Czech Republic before winning an academic scholarship to Dresden School of Art and Design, Germany. In 2015 she graduated and was awarded a MFA (Master of Fine Art) from West Dean College, University of Sussex, UK. Since graduating her work has won several prestigious international awards and is now being held in private and corporate collections worldwide.
Bethany Freer is an artist and art director based in Norwich, Norfolk. She is currently undertaking her final year studying a BA(Hons) Fine Art course at Norwich University of the Arts. Through spatial investigations, Bethany Freer utilises her practise as enquiry into the design of our surrounding space, questioning and disrupting the behaviours and actions that our own spaces project upon us. Primarily working in sculpture, her works question and distort spatial information and visual language, exploring the way in which our surroundings are designed, and how they can be opened up to the individual. Playful and liberating, her work wishes to hand back power to the inhabitant through subconscious signalling and signposting of space, forcing us to change our own surroundings and navigational habits.
Jinjoon Lee (???) is a UK-based Korean artist and researcher working with video, sculpture and installation to explore the perception of utopian ideologies between nature and art. After graduating with BBA, BFA and MFA from Seoul National University in South Korea, he went on to achieve an MA Sculpture from Royal College of Art in London, and DPhil at the Ruskin School of Art in the University of Oxford. He was a winner of The Merlin Entertainments Group Madame Tussauds Prize in 2017, and he is a formal member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and the British Kendo Association.
Florence Mytum (b. 1993, York) playfully explores the physical qualities of materials, questioning sensory hierarchies through investigating how we engage with and understand the world on a bodily level. She completed her MA in painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2018, and BA at Wimbledon College of Art in 2015. Recent exhibitions include; Material Instincts at Kaleidoscope Gallery (2018), Girls Just Wanna Have Fun at Unit 3 Projects (2018) and 31 Celsius at ASC Gallery (2017). Florence was a recipient of the Eaton Fund's grant for artists, and has undertaken residencies at the Slade Summer School (2018) and the Griffin Gallery (2017). Florence has performed artist talks nationally, including at Kaleidoscope Gallery in Kent (2018) and Bloc Projects in Sheffield (2018).
When producing his work Ben uses a mixture of the traditional skills learnt from his time in the heritage industry, whilst employing a fairly spontaneous direct carving approach. Having fallen for the charms of stone he takes inspiration from the grown world. Many of the ideas behind his pieces come from the landscape and habitats that surround him in the rolling hills of West Dorset. He is fascinated by the interaction of seemingly soft or flowing organic forms within a hard natural material, and seeks to capture nature as he sees it in his minds eye.
Using site specific installation and sculpture, Karolin Schwab explores different ideas of how we perceive a landscape as well as the space and the relationship between the viewer and their ever-changing environment. After studying Fine Art at the University of East London (2013) and the University of Arts Berlin (2016) she participated in manifold international exhibitions and residencies in China, Switzerland and USA amongst others. In 2019 she received the Gilbert Bayes Award and became a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Currently she splits her time between London and Berlin, and soon will go on to a 4 month residency in Denmark as recipient of the MALT AIR scholarship.
Mu Tian (b. China 1985) lives and works in London. He received his MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins (2011). He is currently studying MA Sculpture at Royal College of Art. Mu produces works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, and video. His upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Dirty House, London (2019); Hive Art Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2019), residency program at ZK/U Berlin (2019). Mu is also a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors since 2018.
A London based sculptor, Jessica's work navigates the blindness of an anthropocentric society where conflicts of natural and artificial, animate and inanimate, technology, machine and body come in to question. Curious critters appear in surreal landscapes; with a sci-fi aesthetic that exposes a certain agency and unravelling of the potential of disorientation. Her work is intuitive and playful, using a range of everyday materials which are worked in a way that reflects her background in traditional sculpture techniques of modelling, moulding and casting. Jessica is graduating this year from an MA in Sculpture at The Royal College of Art, London.