wim izaks Award 2008
Artist Jaap de Vries Winner of the 2008 Wim Izaks Prize (€10,000)
THE 2008 Wim Izaks Prize has been awarded to the 49-year-old painter Jaap de Vries. This biennial prize, which includes the sum of €10,000, was announced today at the Teekengenootschap Pictura Dordrecht by the jury’s chairman Rob Smolders. The two other nominated artists, Houcine Bouchiba and Benjamin Roth, have each received €1,500.
From 1994 onwards, the Wim Izaks Foundation has coordinated this two-yearly incentive prize for painters, who make extraordinary contributions to Dutch painting. The exhibition of work by the three nominees can be seen at Teekengenootschap Pictura Dordrecht until 15 February 2009.
Jaap de Vries
In his work, Jaap de Vries is seeking not only the trivial but also what is generally considered to be either banal or morally reprehensible. His objective here is not to shock or deliberately depict the world as being ugly. Instead, by refusing to avoid triviality, he considers that he is actively creating space for desires that would otherwise be suppressed.
His painting constitutes the expression of these desires. It has undergone a spectacular development over the last few years where the depiction of landscapes with no apparent subject matter has led to the discovery of greater visual potential. By painting with watercolours on offset plates - a laborious and unpredictable technique - he has produced an exquisite and transparent colour palette that could not have been achieved in any other way.
Jaap de Vries has also succeeded in creating a strong link between his themes and his working method. This results in a restrained drama of exceptional quality.
The selection procedure
The nominated artists were chosen following a meticulous selection procedure. Once every two years 20 contacts, including curators, art experts and artists, recommend candidates to the jury. On the basis of submitted visual materials, the jury draws up a preselection of artists, who will receive studio visits. The three nominees are then chosen from this group.
The jury of the Wim Izaks Prize consists of Rob Smolders (chairman of the Wim Izaks Foundation), Jan Keuning, Cees Hoogstad, Moniek Peters and Reinoud van Vught.
Exhibition also to be shown at Tricot Winterswijk
After Dordrecht, the exhibition of the Wim Izaks Prize nominees will be shown from 22 February to 26 April 2009 at Tricot Winterswijk, the new headquarters of the Wim Izaks Foundation.
Teekengenootschap Pictura Dordrecht:
Wed - Sun, 1 – 5 p.m.
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For further information and photographic materials:
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