Announcing the 2019 Nova Prize Winners

FRESCO Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Nova Prize. This announcement is the culmination of a lot of hard work and artistry. Congratulations to the selected artists:

Kerstin Paillard: Paillard was born in 1977 in Paris, France and raised between Stockholm, Sweden and South of France. She studied in the Contemporary Art School of Nice and the University of Montpellier. She now lives and works between Stockholm and Nice. Her work continously refines and extends the traditions of lyrical abstraction. By experimenting the processes and limits of dry pastel, she brings together the intuitive gesture of Color Field paintings in her exploration of gesture, rhythm, and color. Her paintings are notable for their texture, sculptural presence, and luminosity, creating works of abstract art by which the viewer feels endlessly absorbed.

Eero Jääskeläinen: Jääskeläinen is interested in cityscapes, architecture, people, and nature. He is inspired by shapes, contrasts between light and shadow, details, and small genuine movements. He deems the camera as his “paintbrush” and the lights are his “palette”, as this is a new style he finds inspiring. The lights seen in his works are from lively urban environments. His photographs have culturally-independent urban and appealing power.

Mengfan Bai: Bai was born in 1994 in China. She studied in the School of Visual Arts in New York and in the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu. She is currently based in New York City. The focus of her paintings are observations of the everyday. Her work both recognizes and further obfuscates the ordinary and overlooked moments that make up daily urban life. Bai’s works have been shown in PULSE Art Fair (Miami), plus81 Gallery (New York), and Chengdu Art Academy (China), among others.

Minju Kim: Kim is a South Korean artist based in London. She studied at the Camberwell College of Arts at University of Arts London, the London College of Fashion, and the College of Fine Arts at Hongik University. She currently resides and works from her studio in Hackney. Her work draws on personal experience with inspiration from human anatomy and psychoanalytic theory. She explores human desire as a main subject matter alongside the concept of life and death. She examines how human desire and body are inextricably linked from birth until death in a continuous loop. The human figure, consciousness, and corporeality are recurring themes.

Yusuf can Kulak: Kulak was born in 1988 in Adana, Turkey. He studied in Dokuz Eylul Faculty of Fine Arts, Ceramics, and Glass Design Department in Izmir, Turkey. He has participated in many national and international exhibitions and competitions. He considers his work in terms of the sustainability of the material. He ponders how to put ceramic material on an intellectual journey. In this way, he desires to create alternative forms of expression by utilizing the identity of ceramic.

Abe Abraham: As the artistic director of Abanar dance company, Abraham creates video-art works that feature dancers from some of the leading dance companies in the world, including New York City Ballet, Shen Wei, and Complexions. Film festival selections include The Paris Art and Movie Awards (PAMA), ArteNonStop Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Breaking 8 in Cagliari, Italy. His most recent work “Salt Water” was shortlisted for the International Competition of Intermedia Artwork in Krakow. He works with dancers to create abstract sculptural forms that evolve over time. He seeks to create an intricate mass that transcends the individual body. Both planned and improvised variations of light placement, lens choice, the dancer’s dynamics, and other tools stimulate this process.

Lily Reeves: Reeves’ public work is in the permanent collections of The University of Montevallo, Alfred University, and in private collections around the world. She was an extensive registrar of national exhibitions for emerging artists, including group shows with the Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles and the Houston Center of Contemporary Craft. Moreover, she has held residencies in places such as Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro and has received numerous awards and grants including a prestigious graduate completion fellowship. Her southeastern background has contoured her practice with notions of magical realism. She uses light and space as her medium to center viewers in a mystical world that nurtures wonderment and openness.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all artists who submitted their work.

Our warmest thanks to our jury panel, composed of Teresa Lousa, Brett Phares, Ágatha Sequeira, and Andy Zieleniec. This dynamic group of renowned intellectuals, artists, curators, and critics carefully assessed every entry.

With the 2019 Nova Prize, FRESCO Foundation aims to support new artistic visions and fresh perspectives in millennial art and culture. The Nova Prize exhibition is an opportunity for artists to receive public exposure, scholarly discourse, and the chance to connect and work with prestigious academics and curators worldwide.

All winning entries displayed at 45 Renwick Street. The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 1st from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, followed by a one-hour panel discussion with renowned art historians, curators, and cultural producers. Invitations will be sent to artists, curators, critics, and media. Refreshments will be available. The group show will close on March 4th. The artists will also be featured in all of our digital channels, including FRESCO Magazine.

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