Middlesex University MA Fine Art student Nanako Kawaguchi has been shortlisted from more than 3,000 entries to exhibit in the influential Jerwood Drawing Prize.
The artist will see her beautiful piece exhibited at the Jerwood Space in central London from 11 September – 27 October 2013. The exhibition made up of shortlisted artists’ work will then tour around the UK – including Newcastle, Plymouth and Canterbury – until April 2014.
Nanako faced tough competition for the opportunity to exhibit in the UK’s largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing. Her work impressed the panel of industry judges in the competition set up to explore and celebrate excellence, diversity and range of current drawing practice in the UK.
Nanako uses camouflage as the subject of her drawings. Her colourful work portrays a girl’s face overlaid with fairytale-like images of waterfalls, flowers and woodland.
Middlesex student Nanako Kawaguchi said: “I’m pleased to have my work in such an important show. I’ve wanted to take part in the exhibition since visiting it in previous years and think it will be a good opportunity for me as an artist.”
Middlesex University Professor of Fine Art Sonia Boyce said: “Nanako is very dedicated to her art practice. Her works are both beautifully crafted and eccentric."
The talented artist has had her own solo shows in Japan and taken part in numerous group exhibitions abroad.