Nicolas Grenier, who lives and works in Montreal and Los Angeles, is one of five finalists for the 2019 Sobey Art Award, the pre-eminent prize for Canadian artists 40 and under. The award recognizes some of the country’s most exciting young artists and provides significant financial recognition ($240,000 in prize money — including a top prize of $100,000.) (Above: Nicolas Grenier, Many Questions, 2018, mural at Facebook’s Connectivity Lab, Los Angeles with acrylic, oil and spray paint on drywall, 450 x 600 x 600 cm. Photo: Atelier Nicolas Grenier)
So many of Canada’s rising stars and established artists have been recognized since the award was first given out in 2002. Brian Jungen (recently featured here on the Art Junkie) and Nadia Myre (also featured on this blog) are among the winners who have since risen to prominence.
D’Arcy Wilson (above), one of my personal favourites, is on the shortlist this year. She was featured on Canadian Art Junkie for her stunning research and multimedia installation, The Memorialist: Museology a couple of months ago (here).
Works by the five shortlisted artists will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta from October 5, 2019, to January 5, 2020.