Monday June 14, 2021

Congratulations to Katy Cook who won the AAL Drawing Prize 2021 with her piece Nest 3 (pictured). We were honoured to have artist and former Head of Drawing at AAL Brendan Kelly as our judge this year. Here’s what he had to say about Katy’s work…

‘As well as being a very strong drawing and a focused investigation of the unusual shapes we see in nature what appealed to me the most is its quality of curiosity. I don’t mean by saying ‘curiosity’ that it’s strange, I mean that it shows a sense of searching for understanding. It suggests an attitude of enquiry and desire to learn about the form she drew. The consequence of this curiosity in her approach to her drawing is that she has produced a powerful picture. A worthy winner, well done!’