HIX Award 2015 won by Allyson McIntyre
By Guy Sangster Adams
At last night’s ceremony the winner of the HIX Award 2015 was announced as Allyson McIntyre for her artwork, Moon Cries for Ferdinand. Inaugurated in 2013 by renowned restaurateur, avid art collector and enthusiast, Mark Hix, and CNB Gallery director, Rebecca Lidert, the HIX Award is open to current students and recent graduates and provides a fantastic opportunity in the transition between studies and professional practice by showcasing their work.
This year’s award attracted hundreds of entrants from across the UK and also internationally, from which the 19 shortlisted artists were chosen. Their works were then hung in the CNB gallery, which is in the basement of Tramshed, Mark Hix’s chicken and streak restaurant in London’s Shoreditch, to be judged by the 22-strong award panel, including Tracey Emin, Dylan Jones, Liz Murdoch, and Ivan Massow. Of the shortlist, Massow says, “incredible quality work, it gets better every year”.
After deliberation each judge awarded each artwork a score out of five. Almost all the judges award Allyson McIntyre top marks and she was the clear winner. “This work was a massive surprise,” says Emin, “I was really impressed with the confidence”.
Moon Cries for Ferdinand is a large work, taking up almost the entirety of the gallery’s end wall, and features a glittered but bloodied and tethered bull surrounded by a group of male spectators. “Allyson portrays the bull as martyr, importance to a subject which historically was only allowed to be painted by women,” explains Lidert, “through her work, Allyson reconfigures the climate of representation through the feminisation of deities, where the marginalized becomes the main focus.”
Born in Canada, but now based in London, McIntyre graduated from University of Alberta in 2013 with a BFA majoring in painting and sculpture, before moving to the UK to continue her studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, from where she graduated this summer. In winning the HIX Award 2015 she receives £500 of HIX restaurant vouchers, a stay at the HIX Town House in Lyme Regis, on England’s south coast, £500 of Cass Art supplies, and also a solo exhibition at the CNB gallery next year – which presents a great opportunity as the winner of the HIX Award 2014, Felix Treadwell, sold out his solo show at CNB this summer.
Of the most recent recipient of the award bearing his name, Mark Hix says, “an absolute deserved winner, can’t wait to see what she does next”.
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