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Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Patricia Cain wins this year's Aspect Prize

Press release (as written by me on Monday afternoon...)

A 46-year-old mother of two who gave up a lucrative legal career to become a struggling artist six years ago has been awarded Scotland’s premier prize for artists. This year’s Aspect Prize, which awards £15,000 to the overall winner, been given to Glasgow-based Patricia Cain, whose forensically detailed depictions of Glasgow’s new Riverside Museum under construction led to the judging panel voting overwhelmingly in her favour.

The announcement was made last night (Monday 11 January) by the actor and director and Scottish art lover, Alex Norton (DCI Burke in the television drama Taggart) at a reception in the London gallery of The Fleming Collection, described by Charles Jamieson, chair of the judging panel, as ‘an embassy for Scottish art in London.’ This year’s prize fund is £30,000.

Each of the four finalists, Patricia Cain, Alec Galloway, Paul Kennedy and Scot Sinclair received £5,000 in June 2009, when The Aspect Prize annual open exhibition was held at Paisley Art Gallery & Museum.

Charles Jamieson commented: “The confidence and complexity of her paintings made
Patricia a clear winner and although judging was difficult, in the end it was the strength and impact of the work itself which swung it in her favour.”

Fellow judge, Selina Skipwith, Keeper of Art at The Fleming Collection, added: “ For me, Cain was a clear winner as I feel the work she entered will stand the test of time and provide future viewers with a historic record of the construction of this remarkable building on Glasgow‘s waterfront, which has been designed by the eminent architect, Zaha Hadid. As part of the prize, I have selected Cain’s Riverside Museum Interior # 2 to become part of the permanent collection of The Fleming Collection.”
Cain’s highly detailed work focuses on buildings, particularly at the construction stage, and brings a forensic insight into the process of drawing as a means of understanding the modern built environment.

Reacting to the news of her win, she said: “I am stunned. It’s been a very hard process. I gave up a lot to be able to make art. In the last five years, money has been my biggest worry.

We really have been living on the breadline, as most artists do. I went from having a stable job to being a struggling artist. Winning the Aspect Prize makes all the difference in the world.”

The winning artist, who lives with her artist husband, Sam Cartman and has two children, Tom, 20, and 14-year-old Ella, grew up in Penrith and qualified as a solicitor after spending a year at St Martin’s College of Art in London. She relocated to Glasgow in 2001.

Prior to moving to Glasgow, she owned her own legal practice in Carlisle specialising in medical negligence and personal injury work.

Although qualified to practise law in Scotland, she decided to follow her heart and accept a scholarship at Glasgow School of Art to study full-time. She was awarded a doctorate in 2008 and has been working as an artist for the last five years. Her first book, Drawing: The Enactive Evolution of the Practitioner, based on her PhD, will be published by Intellect Books later this year. She is also a recent winner of the RSA Kinross scholarship, the RSW Hospitalfield Residency and the RGI House for an Art Lover Prize.

The Aspect Prize Finalists’ Exhibition runs from Tuesday January 12- Friday January 15 at The Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DU

Notes to Editors:
1. The finalists of the 2009/2010 Aspect Prize (www.theaspectprize.com) were Patricia Cain, Alec Galloway, Paul Kennedy and Scot Sinclair. This year, 157 submissions were received.

2. To enter The Aspect Prize, artists must be Scottish or permanently based in Scotland and must not have had a solo show in the London area during the last six years. There is no age limit.

3. The Aspect Prize judging panel this year was made up of the artist Charles Jamieson, Chairman and prize co-founder, Michael Adam, prize co-founder, entrepreneur and art collector, Selina Skipwith, Keeper of Art of The Fleming Collection, Andrea Kusel, Curator of Art at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, the artist Liz Knox, current President of Paisley Arts Institute, Alistair Pender, who won last year’s Prize and Anthony Todd, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aspect Capital.

4. The Aspect Prize is supported by Aspect Capital, and is one of the largest prizes for painting in the UK with a total prize fund of £30,000. (The Turner Prize fund now stands at £40,000)

5. Aspect Capital Limited is a London-based, systematic investment manager. The company currently manages over US$4billion. The company was established in 1997 by Anthony Todd, Martin Lueck, Michael Adam and Eugene Lambert.

6. The Fleming Collection (www.flemingcollection.co.uk) began life as a corporate collection of art designed to brighten up office walls, and has evolved into the only museum entirely devoted to Scottish art in the United Kingdom. Opened to the public in 2002, its Mayfair gallery has significantly raised the profile of Scottish art in London. There are over one thousands pictures in the collection consisting of
works dating from the nineteenth century to the present day. Its main thrust is currently directed towards supporting and buying the work of young upcoming Scottish artists.

7 Previous winners of The Aspect Prize: Liz Knox (2003), Kim Scouller (2004), Sue Biazotti (2005), Richard Strachan (2006), Katie Pope (2007), Alistair Pender (2008/9)

For further information and images:
Will Bennett
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E-mail: press@cawdelldouglas.com

Contact for The Aspect Prize :
Jan Patience on 07802 427207 or aspectprizepr@yahoo.co.uk

The Fleming Collection
13 Berkeley Street
London W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7409 5730
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5.30pm
(Admission Free)

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