Showcasing 67 stencil artists from 25 countries, the Stencil Art Prize is the world’s largest stencil event. Influenced by the ephemeral nature of street art, these stencil-based works blend pop-culture imagery and global politics to highlight the growing concerns of a socially engaged generation of artists.
Now in its 9 th year running, the Stencil Art Prize is exhibiting as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival program of events. The winner of the $5000 cash prize will be judged by prominent Australian street artist Rone and be announced on the 8 September. Following the Sydney Exhibition, the Stencil Art Prize will tour to Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre in NSW and Noosa Regional Gallery in QLD in 2018.
“Artists are incredibly digitally connected at this point in time. Yet we’re finding they need to physically exhibit artwork and have the opportunity for face to face interaction with other artists, collectors and mentors, now more than ever before.” says Jacinta Fintan, Founder and Director of the Stencil Art Prize.
“There are numerous art prizes for the fine arts, but the Stencil Art Prize is the only large scale international art prize of its kind, with approximately 70% of our artists identifying themselves as street artists. Inclusion in an art prize gives artists a sense of achievement, it bolsters their confidence and it affords them an opportunity to connect with their peers in more meaningful ways than they would otherwise through social media.”
Highlights of the exhibition include the Austrian duo Jana & JS with their intimate style of portraiture (pictured top centre); David Soukup (USA, 2013 Stencil Art Prize Winner) and his internationally acclaimed Chicago fire escapes; Lithuanian artist Justinas Zozo with a sublime impression of a native Kingfisher bird (pictured above to left), Iranian artist Afshid with his portrayal of refugees, migration and heritage (pictured above to right); Mue Bon’s (Thailand) playful take on capitalism and Australia’s own Kirpy who has layered dozens of street posters as a base upon which to create a streetscape.
The Stencil Art Prize artists encompass nearly every stencil making method on the planet including hand drawn and hand cut stencils, computer generated stencil layers, silk screen stencils and screen printing processes, collage and mixed media stencils, spray paint techniques, water colour, ink and more.
Entry to the exhibition is free. Artworks and print editions of the stencils are for sale at www.stencilartprize.com and Stirrup Gallery. Exhibition runs 9 – 17 September at Stirrup Gallery in Marrickville. Open Thursday to Sundays, see website for daily opening hours.