Showdown: Drawing

Welcome to Showdown, an online competition that gives artists from all over the world a chance to showcase their work and have it be judged by internationally acclaimed artists and curators.

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Dexter Dalwood


Dexter is judging the final round of the competition. He will personally select 1st and 2nd place winners from a group of 30 determined by the jury in the previous round.

Dexter Dalwood was born in Bristol, 1960. He received a B.A. from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, in 1985, and an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, in 1990. Dalwood’s collages and paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, building a strong international reputation over the last decade. Selected solo exhibitions include “Dexter Dalwood,” at Tate St Ives, which toured to FRAC Champagne – Ardenne, Reims, France and CAC Malaga, Spain. “There is No Darkness But Ignorance,” David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2009), as well as those at Gagosian Gallery: “Endless Night,” Beverly Hills (2009); “Recent History,” London (Britannia Street) (2006-2007); “Dexter Dalwood,” New York (West 24th Street) (2004); “New Paintings,” Beverly Hills (2002); and “New Paintings,” London (Heddon Street) (2000).

Dexter Dalwood’s work is found in both the Tate and Saatchi collections, and has been integral to many landmark group exhibitions, including “Rank: Picturing the Social Order 1516-2009,” Leeds Art Gallery (2009); “Lights, Camera, Action: Artists’ Films for the Cinema,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007); “The Triumph of Painting,” Saatchi Gallery, London (2006); “Days Like These: Tate Triennial,” Tate Britain, London (2003); the Sydney Biennale (2002); “Remix: Contemporary Art and Pop,” Tate Liverpool (2002); “Twisted: Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting,” Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (2000); “New Neurotic Realism Part II,” Saatchi Gallery, London (1999); and “Die Young Stay Pretty,” ICA, London (1999). Dexter Dalwood currently lives and works in London, England. In 2010 he was shortlisted as one of the four nominees for the Turner Prize and is currently showing new work at Nolan Judin, Berlin until 22 October.

Louise Clarke

Artist / Curator

Louise is part of the jury in the 2nd round jury. She will help select the 30 artists who advance to the finals.

Artist/curator Louise Clarke graduated from Central St Martins in 1997 and gained her MA from the Royal College Of Art in 1999. Assistant to the late Helen Chadwick and a fellow of the RCA, Louise’s own art practice developed broadly, embracing drawing in its widest application, as well as 3D work, photography, film and animation.

Louise was selected for the 2002 Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition and contributed work to Stray- part of the 2005 Chicago International Art Festival. Since then she has exhibited extensively in UK in both group and solo shows. Louise began curating a number of high profile exhibitions in 2003, including Mutiny - a 100-artist group show staged at the Barge House, Southbank, London; Happy Families, a contrastingly constrained installation in a Notting Hill one- bedroom flat; and the drawing-based show Time On Your Hands at Hoxton’s Standpoint gallery, featuring work by Bob & Roberta Smith, Adam Dant and Simon Faithfull as well as pieces by Louise and others. Nottingham’s Angel Row Gallery subsequently commissioned her to write an essay on the nature of drawing which was published in the catalogue of the show Remote Control.

A launch coordinator for the Big Draw campaign since 2000; Louise co-curates and programmes public art events aimed to inspire the general public to draw in the company of celebrities and high calibre artists. She has worked with institutions such as the British Museum, The Natural History Museum and the V&A. In a similar role, Louise has worked with English Heritage as lead artist in a range of site specific art projects. Louise’s maintains an international profile through various
British Council sponsored, international gallery programmes, including a drawing symposium in Nitra, Slovakia. Recent activities include drawing residency in Kyoto, Japan, artists and architects collaborative exhibition in LA, USA, group exhibitions in Finland and the UK as well as being the guest Editor of Art and Music Magazine for their drawing issue, autumn 2011. Through a combination of her own practice and these events she continues to be a passionate advocate of drawing.

Gemma de Cruz

Co-Founder/Art Editor, Art&Music - The Saatchi Gallery Magazine

Gemma is part of the 2nd round jury. She will help select the 30 artists who advance to the finals.

Gemma de Cruz has been writing about contemporary art since 1998 when she contributed artists interviews to Die Young Stay Pretty at the ICA. In 2000 she became editor of Habitats Art Club magazine and wrote the catalogue texts for Ant Noises 1 and 2 at the Saatchi gallery.

She is also author of British Artists at Work (Assouline Editions, 2003) and was assistant editor of the V&A magazine between 2005-6 while contributing to various international art magazines and journals including Art Review, Modern Painters and BBC Collective. Gemma de Cruz is the art editor and
co-founder of Art & Music - The Saatchi Gallery Magazine.





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