AboutShowdown is an international online competition for artists, hosted by Saatchi Art. For each competition, an internationally celebrated artist or curator is invited to select the shortlist and winner. The artist Jaime Gili, widely acclaimed for his vividly coloured geometric works, was invited to join the panel for In Glorious Colour. Previous Showdown judges include the internationally renowned Barnaby Furnas, Ged Quinn, Wangechi Mutu, Peter Coffin, Dexter Dalwood, Matthias Weischer and Chantal Joffe. Saatchi Art, Saatchi Gallery, Winsor and Newton and Griffin Gallery have partnered for In Glorious Colour, which is the 17th Showdown since the competition was launched in 2010. This edition received a record breaking 6,440 online entries.
The works of the ten finalists will be exhibited at Griffin Gallery, from 20 March 18 April. The winner and runner-up, who will be announced at the Private View on Wednesday 19 March, will receive Winsor & Newton art materials to the value of £1000 and £500 respectively.
The ten finalists for In Glorious Colour, chosen by Jaime Gili (Artist) Nigel Hurst (CEO, Saatchi Gallery), Rebecca Pelly-Fry (Director, Griffin Gallery), and Rebecca Wilson (Chief Curator, Saatchi Art) are:
Matt Coombs (USA)
Arpad Forgo (Hungary)
Jonathan Gabb (UK)
Guy Matchoro (France)
Dragomir Misina (UK)
Alexandros Papathanasiou (Italy)
Jessica Rimondi (Italy)
Cecile Van Hanja (Netherlands)
Robert Von Bangert (USA)
Vivien Zhang (UK)
Each artist entered one work online which fitted the theme of
In Glorious Colour. The judging panel chose the ten finalists for their diverse range of methods and materials, and their demonstration of committed and consistent artistic practice.