In November we were delighted to announce the winners of our 2019 Purchase Prize for Young Contemporary Talent as:
Lucy Gregory, Images Have Legs, 2018, kinetic sculpture activated by audience participation
Alvin Ong, Homesick, 2019, oil on canvas
Emma Prempeh, The Vulnerable Disposition, 2019, oil, acrylic, fabric, print and imitation gold leaf on canvas
All three works were chosen by Chris Ingram to join The Ingram Collection.
Our annual Purchase Prize exists to celebrate and support artists at the outset of their careers, and is open to all artists who have graduated from a UK art school in the last five years. The 2019 edition of the prize was exhibited at The Cello Factory in London from 9 – 12 November, and showcased the work of our 24 finalists, all available to see here.
Jo Baring (Director, The Ingram Collection):
Once again we were delighted to see the sheer variety and talent displayed at our annual Ingram Collection Purchase Prize. All the finalists should be congratulated on their achievement, and in particular our 2019 winners – Lucy Gregory, Alvin Ong and Emma Prempeh – who now join The Ingram Collection.
Lucy Gregory (b. 1994) is a British artist based in London and Buckinghamshire, and a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art and The Ruskin School of Art. Working in sculpture and photography, she creates large-scale, kinetic collage – often exploring participatory systems of objects and environments. Her work plays with themes of materiality, virtuality and the theatricality of flatness – the spectator feeling as though they are walking into an animation: a surreal cartoon world with an undertone of violent, slapstick humour from which much inspiration is drawn. Lucy has exhibited at FBA Futures, The Recent Graduates’ Exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, Seventeen Gallery, Arthill Gallery and is currently part of the Hix Art Award 2019. She received the Gilbert Bayes Trust Grant, The School of Fine Arts and Humanities Art Criticism Prize and The Gibbs Prize in Fine Art.
Alvin Ong (b. 1988, Singapore) is a graduate of the Ruskin School of Art (2016) and the Royal College of Art (2018). His paintings playfully combine diverse visual vocabularies. The body’s appetites are unapologetically exposed in its cravings, culminating in surreal bodily configurations suspended between moments of pleasure and pain. Alvin was awarded a residency with the Royal Drawing School (2017) as well as the Chadwell Award (2018). He has exhibited at Daniel Benjamin Gallery, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore Art Museum, Northampton Contemporary and National Portrait Gallery London. He lives and works in Singapore and London.
Emma Prempeh (b. 1996, London) studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London and graduated in 2019 winning the Alumno/SPACE Studio Bursury award for 2020. She has previously shown her work at GX Gallery and the Swiss Church London. She has most recently been selected as a shortlisted artist for the Graduate Art Prize 2019 by ARTIQ and Herbert Smith Freehills. In early 2019 she was shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries and is a selected artist to participate in their touring exhibition with her video work ‘Time’ at Leeds Art Gallery and the South London Gallery.