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Turner Prize 2022 to Veronica Ryan

Turner Prize 2022. Veronica Ryan Installation view at the Tate Liverpool 2022. © Tate Photography, Matt Greenwood
by Alain Chivilò

© Alain Chivilò

The winner is Veronica Ryan. She has been awarded by The Turner Prize 2022. The jury awarded the prize to Ryan “for the personal and poetic way she extends the language of sculpture. Her recent practice combines found and usually forgotten objects and crafted materials, underpinned by interconnecting themes such as displacement, healing and loss. They praised the noticeable shift in her use of space, colour and scale both in gallery and civic spaces”.
The £25,000 prize was presented by musician Holly Johnson during a live broadcast on the BBC. A further £10,000 is awarded to each of the other shortlisted artists composed by Sin Wai Kin, Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard and Veronica Ryan.
An exhibition of the four shortlisted artists is scheduled at Tate Liverpool until 19 March 2023.

Turner Prize

Established in 1984, the prize is named after the radical British painter JMW Turner (1775-1851). Originating at Tate Britain, the Turner Prize regularly travels to other venues in the UK. In 2023 it will be held at Towner Eastbourne and in 2024 will return to Tate Britain. 2022 at the St George s Hall, Liverpool
Previous Turner Prize winners are: 1984 Malcolm Morley; 1985 Howard Hodgkin; 1986 Gilbert & George; 1987 Richard Deacon; 1988 Tony Cragg; 1989 Richard Long; 1991 Anish Kapoor; 1992 Grenville Davey; 1993 Rachel Whiteread; 1994 Antony Gormley; 1995 Damien Hirst; 1996 Douglas Gordon; 1997 Gillian Wearing; 1998 Chris Ofili; 1999 Steve McQueen; 2000 Wolfgang Tillmans; 2001 Martin Creed; 2002 Keith Tyson; 2003 Grayson Perry; 2004 Jeremy Deller; 2005 Simon Starling; 2006 Tomma Abts; 2007 Mark Wallinger; 2008 Mark Leckey; 2009 Richard Wright; 2010 Susan Philipsz; 2011 Martin Boyce; 2012 Elizabeth Price; 2013 Laure Prouvost; 2014 Duncan Campbell; 2015 Assemble; 2016 Helen Marten; 2017 Lubaina Himid; 2018 Charlotte Prodger; 2019 Hamdan/Cammock/Murillo/Shani; 2021 Array Collective.

Biography Veronica Ryan by Turner Prize

She was born in Plymouth, Montserrat in 1956. Ryan studied at The School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK in 1983; The Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, UK in 1980; Bath Academy of Art, Corsham Court, UK in 1978; and St. Albans College of Art and Design, UK in 1975. In 2021 Ryan received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Along a Spectrum, Spike Island, Bristol (2021); The Weather Inside, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA (2019); Veronica Ryan: Salvage, The Art House, Wakefield, Yorkshire (2017); The Hepworth Museum, Wakefield, Yorkshire (2017); The Weather Inside, The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (2011); Archaeology of the Black Sun: Musings After Kristeva, Salena Gallery, Long Island University, New York, USA (2005); Quoit Montserrat, Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2000); Compartments/Apartments, Angel Row, Nottingham, and Camden Arts Centre, London (1995). In 2021, Ryan was commissioned by Hackney Council to create the first permanent artwork to honour the Windrush generation in the UK. Group exhibitions include: Quiet as It’s Kept, Whitney Biennial 2022, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2022); Portable Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK (2021), No Particular Place to Go?, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2019); The Place Is Here, Nottingham Contemporary, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and South London Gallery (2017); Infinite Islands, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA (2007).
Ryan’s practice addresses issues of history, belonging and human psychology, using a wide range of materials, including bronze, plaster, marble, textile, and found objects. Rejecting a straightforward narrative, Ryan uncovers psychological associations using containers, compartments and negative and positive space as metaphors for displacement, fragmentation and alienation, while also referencing the natura sculptures adopt organic shapes, yet resist a definitive interpretation of these forms, enabling multiple narratives to emerge. Themes such as the historical networks of intergenerational and commercial exchange, alongside the cycles of death and rebirth, environmental breakdown, and collective trauma, all inhabit her unique sculptural practice. Made during an extended residency at Spike Island in Bristol, the works in Along a Spectrum make enquiries into perception and spectrums of pathologies, personal narratives, history, as well as the wider psychological implications of the Covid pandemic. Works produced for the exhibition included forms cast in clay and bronze; sewn, tea-stained and dyed fabrics; and bright neon crocheted fishing line pouches filled with a variety of seeds, fruit stones and skins.
Ryan is 66 and lives between New York and Bristol.

by Alain Chivilò