The new edition of the XL Catlin Art Guide 2016 will present thirty exceptional new graduate artists, selected from UK art schools by curator Justin Hammond. Over the last seven years, this fully illustrated limited edition book has become established as an indispensable reference for followers of contemporary art. Identifying prevailing and future trends, this beautifully produced annual volume has become a collectable item in its own right.
Each year, Hammond tours the BA, MA and PG Dip final shows, searching out his pick of the most promising new artists. He follows up with a series of studio visits and artist interviews before finalising the shortlist of rising art stars showcased in the latest edition of the XL Catlin Art Guide.
The book has an excellent track record for forecasting the next generation of outstanding artists, providing early recognition for Charlie Billingham, Noémie Goudal, Neil Raitt and many others. Rachel Maclean, who featured in the first edition of the book, was recently selected for the Hayward Touring exhibition, British Art Show 8.
This year’s edition of the XL Catlin Art Guide has been streamlined to thirty artists, fewer than in past volumes. Each of the 30 individual profiles will feature an interview with Hammond, discussing forthcoming projects and aspirations for the future.
“There is still great talent emerging from UK art schools,” says Hammond. ”This year there were thirty artists that really stood out for me and I wanted to focus on them rather than be governed by an arbitrary number. It’s a diverse group, but these artists are already making confident strides.”
Highlights include Jude Crilly and Jamie Fitzpatrick from the MA Sculpture programme at the Royal College of Art. Riikka Hyvönen (BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths), Jane Hayes Greenwood (MA Fine Art, City & Guilds of London Art School) and Rebecca Ackroyd (Royal Academy Schools) make the final thirty, while schools from outside London including Leeds and Falmouth are represented by Jack Otway and photographer Joseph Ball.
The full list of this year’s ones to watch will be revealed in January when the XL Catlin Art Guide 2016 is launched at the London Art Fair 2016, alongside an exhibition of work by selected artists.
As one of the world’s leading insurers of fine art, XL Catlin is delighted to continue to help realise the ambitions of promising new artists. www.xlcatlinart.com
The XL Catlin Art Guide 2016 | New Artists in the UK will be available on the XL Catlin Art Guide stand, in the Art Projects section of the London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, 20th 24th January 2016.
Image: Hamish Pearch, There is a light that never goes out. 2015.