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Emerging Painting Invitational (EPI) Prize Winners for 2022 Announced

Posted on 17 February 2022

The Emerging Painting Invitational (EPI) is the African continent's largest invite-only art event dedicated to painters and painting. The winners of the 2022 edition of the competition, the third since the prize's inauguration, were revealed at an evening event hosted by art auction house Strauss & Co on 16 February 2022.

"Supporting the EPI prize is an important part of our ongoing commitment to young artists on the continent," said Susie Goodman, Executive Director of Strauss & Co. "We were particularly encouraged this year to see outstanding work by artists from eight different African countries - Algeria, Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, and Tunisia - with really strong woman artists making their voices heard."

Ravelle Pillay, Cake

A grand prize of $3,000, sponsored by Strauss & Co, was awarded to Ravelle Pillay (South Africa). The winning artist's oil on canvas works titled 'The Birthday Party I & II' and 'Cake' are available to purchase on Strauss & Co's EPI February Online-only auction.

The Second prize of $2000, sponsored by Emerging Painting Invitational, was awarded to Natnael Ashebir (Ethiopia) for his acrylic on canvas works titled 'Layers of Life I, II, III'.

A third prize of $1000, sponsored by the African Art Galleries Association, was presented in absentia to Malebona Maphutse (South Africa). This award includes a residency at This is not a White Cube Gallery (Lisbon and Luanda).

An Encouragement Award of $500, sponsored by First Floor Gallery, Harare, was awarded to painter Abubakar Moaz (Sudan) for materials, while Honorable Mentions went to Solomon Kifle (Ethiopia), Boeme Diale (South Africa) and Christian King Dusabe (Rwanda) whose work will be exhibited by Graham Contemporary in a group show in Johannesburg.

Natnael Ashebir, Layers of Life I, II, III

In addition to the juried awards of cash prizes to the total value of $6500, all finalists receive media visibility, art world introductions, representation by galleries, and inclusion in shows and publications.

The all-artist line up of jurors included Jonathan Freemantle, Lavar Munroe and Nicky Marais. Winners were selected based on mastery, originality and promise, with an appreciation of diversity in technique and subject matter, intensity of artistic voice and understanding of the language of painting.

Three works by each of the artists - prizewinners and finalists - are being offered for sale on Strauss & Co's EPI February online-only auction, which is currently open for bidding. The sale closes on Monday 21 February 2022 at 6.00pm.

Malebona Maphutse, Siyagoduka Rea Halala – Walk in the Light, Ride in the Light

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