A BA Fine Art student has been announced as the winner of the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society (NCAS) prize. Anthony George, whose series of silk prints are on display at the NUA Degree Shows 2014, was awardded a £500 prize after beating a shortlist of five other students selected by the society for the annual prize.
NCAS presentation L-R: Brenda Ferris (NCAS), Anthony George and Joseph Wang (NCAS)
The NCAS prize was the second award won by Anthony after he won the Vernon Crowther Prize 2014 for the same work.
Anthony commented: “I feel quite overwhelmed to receive the prize from the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society and would like to thank them for their support and recognition they have given my work. The body of work is a series of silk screen prints reflecting the visual delights and harsh realities of my time spent in the Antarctic. My work demonstrates my journey from observer to artist. I endeavoured to take the complexities of the modern world and strip them back to an almost child-like simplicity.
“I am very appreciative of the support I have received from my tutors and the staff at NUA and to be able to make such a large scale body of work using the facilities at NUA has been incredible. During my degree my practice has evolved from abstract representation to experimentation with colour and form.”
Joseph Wang, who organised the prize on behalf of NCAS, commented: “We chose Anthony George as our winner as his work had great visual and artistic merit and quality to it. We also felt it was work that showed confidence and a strong narrative and a masterful use of the medium silk screen printing.
“We felt the work had great presence in the space where it was shown. Overall we felt that all of the works had strong individuality as well as a series of works. The quality and diversity of students work in the Fine Art show was as strong as ever and what we have come to expect from such a high standing university as NUA.”
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