Blackpool artist Adrian Pritchard has been selected for a new prestigious art prize.
The John Ruskin Art Prize will be awarded to the best wall mounted artwork on the theme A New Look at Nature, the aim being to celebrate artists who take a fresh approach to the natural world, and whose work encourages the viewer to share their sense of discovery.
In The John Ruskin Prize: A New Look at Nature, work by 16 short-listed artists from around the UK will be on show in the Severn Studio, Brantwood, Cumbria – the former home of John Ruskin, – from September 8 to October 14.
All exhibited work will be for sale.
One of the judges, Sue Grayson Ford director of the campaign for drawing, said: “The scale of interest and submissions attracted by our new prize proves that nature remains a live inspiration for artists of all ages and disciplines.
“I am certain that Ruskin would be delighted by the breadth of vision and observation revealed by the short listed work.”
Adrian has been selected for his paintings Aurora Borealis and Yellow Bird These, both of which are poured using a wet on wet technique creating eddies and lines akin to formations in nature.
The winner is set to receive £1,000 and a solo exhibit as part of a major exhibition at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery from December 15 to June 16. The winner will also receive a specially commissioned pencil case made from oak grown in Ruskin’s Wyre Forest.
In Addition to this Adrian has also been selected for a Cornerhouse Micro Commission for his art installation project called The Osmosis Machine.
Using a viscous gloop substance Adrian performs live process art as a means for the viewer to engage in the ever changing qualities of the work as it unfolds.
For the Manchester Science Festival 2012 he has designed an evolving kinetic installation inspired by the scientific process of Osmosis which is often associated with fluids.
The Osmosis machine is a continuation of the gloop installations developed during the Blackpool Culture Shops Project in 2010/11.
The Machine which contains a 1RPM ceiling motor comes with its own 10ft tall stage apparatus with interchangeable parts for different effects and experiments making each time its set up a unique experience with different outcomes.
Although designed for the Manchester Science festival it is hoped the installation will be able to travel around the country accompanied by Science Art Workshops that teach people the observational skills that both artists and scientists use in their natural research.
Negotiations are currently under way to exhibit The Osmosis Machine for the first time at a location in Blackpool – the Supercollider Contemporary Art Project’s new proposed gallery space on Cookson Street before it eventually travels to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester for the Manchester Science Festival.