The second Hepworth Prize for Sculpture has been awarded to Cerith Wyn Evans. The £30,000 prize, which recognises a British or UK-based artist of any age, at any stage in their career, who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture, was presented by The Hepworth Wakefield’s chair, Alice Rawsthorn OBE.
Wyn Evans was selected by a panel of judges comprising Sarah Brown (Senior Curator, Leeds Art Gallery), Martin Clark (Director, Camden Arts Centre), Margot Heller OBE (Director, South London Gallery) and Helen Legg (Director of Tate Liverpool) and chaired by Simon Wallis OBE, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield.
"The judges found all of the artists’ exhibitions incredibly strong and compelling in different ways, capturing the vitality of sculpture being made today," says Simon Wallis. "It was very difficult for them to choose an overall winner.
"Cerith has been a hugely influential artist for over thirty years, and his recent work has been truly exceptional, extending the possibilities of what sculpture can be. The judges thought that the work he has made at The Hepworth Wakefield exemplifies this through its sensitivity to the site, integrating ephemeral and elemental forces to powerful emotional effect."
Cerith Wyn Evans was born in 1958 in Llanelli, Wales and lives and works in London. He first came to attention in the 1980s as an experimental filmmaker and collaborator across artistic disciplines, including dance and performance.
His sculptural works combine ideas and influences from art, history, philosophy and science in order to transform our perception of the world around us. He is perhaps best known for his elegant neon text works that mine a particular fascination with language and light.
The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture exhibition is on display at The Hepworth Wakefield until 20 January 2019. The exhibition features work by shortlisted artists Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai, Magali Reus and Cerith Wyn Evans.
Visitors to the exhibition are invited to share their own thoughts and choose their winner on The Hepworth Wakefield’s website hepworthwakefield.org. The ‘people’s choice’ will be announced towards the end of the exhibition in January 2019.