Serbian Fine Art graduate Ana Milenkovic has been chosen from a shortlist of six of the UK’s most exciting emerging artists to win the Griffin Art Prize 2016.
Designed to have a “meaningful impact on the career of one emerging artist“, the 2016 prize offers a three-month residency at the Griffin Gallery, as well as materials, mentoring and accommodation. Milenkovic’s work – as well as that of the other shortlisted artists – will be exhibited at the gallery for six weeks, from 24th November to 23rd December.
“I’m hugely honoured to have won this prize. This was a huge surprise for me, the best part of this process was working alongside five other exceptionally talented artists,” said Milenkovic. “This is a huge boost of confidence for me to keep working on my practice and develop as an artist. I’m really looking forward to starting the residency.”
The prize chooses applicants who have graduated from recognised art schools with a BA or MA within the last seven years, aiming to discover the stars of tomorrow and highlight emerging artistic talent in the UK.
The other artists shortlisted for the prize include: Pallas Citroen, Cynthia Cruz, Olivia Kemp, Uesung Lee, Ana Milenkovic and Emma Papworth.
“We are really looking at the expanded field of painting here, and the shortlist has a currency to it that reflects contemporary concerns of emerging artists, in the UK and beyond,” said Becca Pelly-Fry, Griffin Gallery Director.
“It’s exciting to see the work coming in each year and this year we are particularly proud to be showing these six talented young artists. The judges eventually agreed on Ana as this year’s winner because of the exemplary quality of her painting. She demonstrates great intelligence and far reaching references in her work, and promises to be an extremely exciting resident at Griffin Gallery.”
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Words by Niall Flynn