2017 Figureworks Jury
The Figureworks prize is evaluated by a jury of peer professional artists representing a broad range of media and forms of art.
Jonathan Hobin is an award winning and internationally noted photo-based artist and the Creative Director at the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa. Hobin’s work draws from iconic literary, cinematic and historical references and popular culture to explore the darker aspects of childhood, storytelling and politics. Considered a controversial figure and “one of Canada’s most polarizing visual artists” (CBC’s Q), Hobin’s work is exhibited internationally and has been the subject of lectures at a number of prestigious institutions including the National Photography Museum of Finland and Oxford University. Features on Hobin’s work have appeared in major media including CNN, BBC, CBC as well as art publications including Art Das Kunstmagazin (Germany), Beaux Arts (France) and the Photographers Companion (China).
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Elaine Despins received an international MFA in 2010. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the US and can be found in private as well as corporate collections. Recipient of grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the international Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, her studio practice encompasses oil painting, charcoal drawing and pastel.
Elaine Despins a obtenu une maîtrise internationale en beaux-arts en 2010. Ses œuvres sont présentées à travers le Canada et les États-Unis et elles se retrouvent dans les collections privées et corporatives. Récipiendaire des bourses du Conseil des arts du Canada et de la Fondation Elizabeth Greenshields, sa pratique en atelier comprend principalement, la peinture à l’huile, le fusain et le pastel.
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Rose Ekins is a curator and collector of art. After receiving her Master's of Art History with specialization in Art Exhibition and Curatorial Practices from Carleton University, she started work as Gallery Manager & Curator at emerging art gallery Studio Sixty Six. Rose has worked in both public art museums and commercial galleries in a variety of roles. She currently works with emerging and mid-career artists in Canada and is an independent writer in the Canadian cultural arts scene.
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