Fialova, who more usually takes inspiration from popular culture such as the internet, TV, magazines and urban legends, says the winning work is based on “a more intimate and personal moment”.
“It captures my boyfriend in an apathetic pose, pulling chewing gum out of his mouth. Background scenes including fragments from Albrecht Dürer’s Apocalypse series, an unhealthy amount of Crocs shoes, and the apotheosis of the cats, all make a fitting setting for his current mood.”
The Second Prize of £5,000 was awarded to Marie von Heyl, a German artist who currently lives between London and Berlin. Her video work, Interior (Utopia), shows the artist examining her London flat using her own body, and references the interior as a trope of art history.
Two Student Awards of £2,000 each were awarded to Kristian Fletcher, who recently graduated with MA Drawing from the Prince’s Drawing School, London, and Tamsin Nagel, who has just completed an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, London.
This year’s panel of selectors were Kate Brindley, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima); Michael Craig- Martin RA; and Charlotte Mullins, editor of Art Quarterly.
An exhibition of all 76 short-listed artists continues at Jerwood Space, London until 27 October 2013, before touring to Newcastle upon Tyne, Plymouth and Canterbury.