Drawing by Alexandra Phillips Included in Derwent Art Prize

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Posted on July 09, 2020 | Updated July 09, 2020, 12:52PM

Alexandra Phillips is an artist and faculty member at Emily Carr University.

A drawing by ECU associate professor Alexandra Phillips has been selected for the prestigious Derwent Art Prize Exhibition.

The work, alongside 70 more from other artists, was chosen from over 4,500 entries, submitted by artists from 72 countries around the world.

The prize aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best artworks created in pencil by British and international artists. Originally scheduled for London and Paris, the exhibition was postponed due to the pandemic. A virtual exhibition is now available for viewing online.

Alexandra's work, entitled Suspended Drawing, is a collection of 40 graphite fields on 5"x 7" Arches paper cards, suspended at different heights. Each field is a unique value ranging from deepest gray to silvery white. With this work, the artist intended to explore the beauty of graphite in its own right, as well as the possibilities of making a drawing that exists at the intersection of two- and three-dimensionality.

Jurors for the prize were artist Charles Avery, Turner Contemporary Director Victoria Pomery OBE, and Alice Rawsthorn, author of Design as Attitude.

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