More than 2300 individual works of art were submitted to the CollexArt Grand Prize call for entries. Patrick Webb won the Grand Prize cash award of $5,000 and also received a Purchase Award for his work titled Punchinello Battle. Eric Tucker, received a Purchase Award for his large sculpture titled A Snowy Day in January. Both artworks are now part of the CollexArt patron collection.
CollexArt curators awarded the Grand Prize to Patrick Webb for his submission of a series of works that included Punchinello Battle, a wash gouache charcoal and pen work realized on hand-made paper. We were intrigued and impressed by Webbs subject matter, his use of the medium, and in particular, his recurring character of Punchinello who appears in scenes of conflict.
Webb began incorporating the Punchinello figure into his work in the 1990s. The Punchinello paintings underscore that we are all vulnerable to external forces whether they be social, political or biological. Punchinellos ever-present mask prompts us to contemplate our current condition of hidden identities and susceptibility to external forces.
Eric Tucker received a Purchase Award from CollexArt for his modern minimalist sculpture titled, A Snowy Day in January. Like Webb, Tucker has been evolving a series of work for well over a decade. Tuckers sculptural pieces are made out of simple geometric shapes that are often hung on a wall or presented as hanging installations. The artist has a clear focus on the interplay of light and shadow. His sculptures engage the viewer by exploiting the perception of the piece based on the viewers physical distance and relative position to the work.
The CollexArt Grand Prize and Purchase Awards are intended to support selected artists with meaningful recognition and awards. Please visit the Award Announcement Page to learn more about the outcome of the competition.
CollexArt operates a new type of online gallery where buyers purchase art directly from the represented artists. CollexArt offers support services to facilitate communication between the artist and buyer and provides technical support on our platform for both parties. This commerce model directly benefits the artists allowing them to keep up to 90% of the proceeds of each sale.
Artists who become CollexArt Members can enjoy a range of benefits that include free submissions to art calls, sponsored websites, curated online art sales, marketplace membership, and more.