2011 Prix Canson® awarded to artist Ronald Cornelissen
On Thursday, 9 June, at a ceremony held at the Louvre museum, the 2011 Prix Canson® was awarded by Gérard Garouste and his panel of judges to Dutch artist Ronald Cornelissen Stéphane Hamelin, President of the Fonds Canson® pour l'Art et le Papier, presented Ronald Cornelissen with the 2011 Prix Canson® designed and created by Matali Crasset, a leading figure in French design.
According to Gérard Garouste, President of the Prix Canson® , "Ronald Cornelissen is one of those artists who play with simple elements to create a personal subject, with figurative patterns and perspectives".
Since 1988, Ronald Cornelissen has been producing drawings, sculptures and installations which highlight the individual's relationship with his/her immediate surroundings and the resulting frictions.
He speaks of his favourite theme in a few words: "The city, with its architecture that can sometimes be intimidating and impersonal, as well as the increasing invasion of our private space, is a major theme in my work".
As a source of inspiration, the artist uses the urban culture of comic strips, graffiti and music. All of these elements play a key role in his work.
Currently lecturer in 3D at the Utrecht School of the Arts, Ronald Cornelissen is present at the Galerie Bernard Jordan, Paris, Berlin, Zürich.
With the 2011 Prix Canson® the artist will receive an endowment of Canson® papers and will be the focus of media coverage the day after the ceremony. He will also be able to take part in a great contemporary art show during the year.
The purpose of the Prix Canson® created in 2010 by the Fonds Canson® pour l'Art et le Papier is to encourage, promote and reward an artist involved in genuine research in the field of Art and Paper.