The jury for the 2016 Sobey Art Award have announced Jeremy Shaw, representing the West Coast & Yukon region, as the winner of the CA$50,000 top prize.
He is the thirteenth Canadian contemporary artist under the age of 40 to win the annual award, Canada’s prestigious contemporary art prize for young artists. The announcement was made during a gala event held last night at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. The Award was presented to Shaw by last year’s winner, Abbas Akhavan.
“Jeremy Shaw’s work speaks to a fundamental longing for transcendence. He creates and reflects extraordinary experiences and shows us how art can translate what is challenging to articulate. We are pleased to announce Jeremy Shaw as the winner of the 2016 Sobey Art Award.” The jury stated.
Jeremy Shaw’s work is on display in the 2016 Sobey Art Award exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada until February 5, 2017 along with works from the other shortlisted artists for this year’s award. The four finalists, who each receive a CA$10,000 prize from the Sobey Art Foundation are: Brenda Draney, Charkes Stankievech, Hajra Waheed and William Robinson.
- Jeremy Shaw, Quickeners, 2014. HD video installation with original soundtrack dimensions variable, 36:43 minutes, film still
- Jeremy Shaw, Photo: Jenifer Osborne