Hermione Hammond Drawing Award Exhibition at Islington Cass Art Space

The winning work of this year’s Hermione Hammond Drawing Award, alongside the runner up and the highly commended will be on display at the Islington Cass Art Space from 25 September to 8 October.

The Award was established in 2012 in memory of the artist Hermione Hammond to encourage artists to develop their drawing skills. It is now run in conjunction with Mall Galleries. This year 674 entries came from 74 colleges in Britain and Ireland. The exhibition will feature the work of 14 student artists.

Gideon Summerfield, studying at the Royal Drawing School, won the first prize of £4,000 for his pencil portrait of the British immunologist Dr William Frankland MBE, who popularised the Pollen Count in weather reports.

Runner Up, Rebeka-Louise Lee, studying at Canterbury Christ Church University, won Cass Art vouchers worth £250 for her sketchbook series Journal of Places I Visit which includes drawings of the inside of a bus, the kitchen, coffee shops and the print room at college.

The exhibiting artists are: Annie Clough-Hillman (Wimbledon College of Art), Immie Dungate (Anglia Ruskin University), Willa Hilditch (Chelsea College of Art), Sung-Kook Kim (Royal College of Art), Jonathan Koetsier (Falmouth University), Rebeka-Louise Lee (Canterbury Christ Church University), Anna Menshenina (University of Westminster), Elizabeth Monahan (Norwich University of the Arts), Tyler Reed (Camberwell College of Arts), Gideon Summerfield, (Royal Drawing School), Stefan Tiburcio (Royal Drawing School), Haoxuan Wei (Royal College of Art), Colette Williams (Falmouth University) and Scott Williams (Llwyn y Bryn School of Art).

John Marchant Gallery presents Ruth Marten

The Birds is US artist Ruth Marten’s third solo exhibition in the UK and brings with it her trademark intrigues and pleasures. Vintage prints and photographs constitute the supports for a cornucopia of fantastical, visual sauts de basque, as Marten delves into the picture surfaces – collaging, rearranging, drawing and painting – ascribing whole new narratives with marvellous precision and verve.

“The Birds, a survey, came about as the result of the abysmal campaign and election in the US which instilled in myself and my friends a strong desire to fly away. Easier said than done, hence the immersion into the realm of birds! Fortunately that world is deep and wide with innumerable interfaces with our own so, whether reflecting natural history of an utterly absurd scenario, there is much material here to play with.” 

The Birds is the continuation of a body of work that Marten instigated ten years ago with Histoire un-Naturelle, shown with the John Marchant Gallery in London; with Gallery Hosfeldt in NYC and, most recently, with Fountains and Alligators at Cologne’s Galerie van der Grinten. 

For Marten’s upcoming exhibition at the Eagle Gallery, all her works will be certified with Tagsmart’s DNA Tags and accompanied by a secure Certificate of Authenticity, guaranteeing proof of ownership and provenance for collectors.

The Birds will be on show until September 30.
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Paintings were passed off as original artwork by Norman Cornish

Earlier this week conman Richard Pearson was arrested for distributing the forged artworks claiming to belong to Norman Cornish, who died in 2014. Northumbria Police released photographs of some of the paintings and drawings which fooled gallery owners.

They are not exact replicas of Cornish originals but are painted in the artist’s distinctive style, showing scenes of everyday life.

Newcastle Crown Court heard fraudster Richard Pearson convinced gallery owners he had access to a collection of Cornish’s artworks through inheritance and a friend who wanted to sell his personal collection. He passed off a series of 14 drawings and pictures. Four of the fakes were sold on to private collectors.

Giacometti art trove at centre of Franco-Swiss legal tussle

A rich trove of drawings by Alberto Giacometti and photographs of the renowned sculptor and artist has been lying in sealed storage cartons in a Swiss museum for more than two years due to a legal dispute over their rightful ownership.

Swiss prosecutors said they had ordered the seizure of the collection pending a decision by a French court after the Paris-based Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation alleged that the works had been stolen decades ago.

The Swiss-born Giacometti, who died in 1966, is one of the best-known sculptors of the 20th century. His “Pointing Man” sold last year at Christie’s for $141 million, the largest sum ever for a sculpture.

Chun sketches pulled from auction over forgery suspicion

Seoul Auction has withdrawn a book of sketches by Korean artist Chun Kyung-ja that was due to be auctioned Wednesday. The book of 16 drawings by Chun was removed from the list of artworks Tuesday, just one day before the auction, amid suspicion the sketches may be counterfeit.