By Dorota Kozinska

 
This year's finalists included Quebec artist Hajra Waheed, William Robinson from the Atlantic coast, Charles Stankievech of Ontario, and Brenda Draney representing the Prairies and Northern Canada. The award was handed to Shaw by last year's winner, Abbas Akhavan.

A total of $100,000 in prize money is awarded; $50,000 to the winner; $10,000 to the other four finalists; and $500 to each of the remaining long-listed artists.

Rob Sobey, Chair of Sobey Art Foundation, was effusive when describing Shaw's art. "We are humbled by the excellence of his work," he said, before mentioning the four other finalists and the "caliber of contemporary Canadian art" they represent.
The Sobey Art Award(lien externe)
The National Gallery of Canada(lien externe)
Jeremy Shaw wins the 2016 Sobey Art Award
Photo: National Gallery of Canada
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Jeremy Shaw
Quickeners, 2014
HD video installation with original soundtrack
dimensions variable, 36:43 minutes
Film still
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Jeremy Shaw
Variation FQ, 2013
16mm film with original soundtrack,
Dimensions variable, 11:02 minutes
Film still

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Shaw, who is based in Berlin, reaches for a variety of reference tools in his work; there is a strong conceptual aspect to his production, and the spectrum is wide, from mysticism to science.

Combining new media with transcendental thought, he has created a unique, contemporary visual landscape that resonates with both the public and critics.

The work of all the five short-listed artists is showcased in a traditional exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, until February 5, 2017.

Brenda Draney
Night Sky (for Sandi), 2012
oil on canvas, 91.45 × 121.9 cm
Photo: Trident Photography
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Charles Stankievech
Monument as Ruin, 2011–2014
Pigment print, 100 × 150 cm
Collection of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University
© Charles Stankievech
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Hajra Waheed
The Cyphers 1–18, 2016
Mixed media installation (found objects, cut photograph, Xylene transfer, glass, ink, printed Mylar and archival tape on paper), 28 × 43 cm each
Installation View at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Colin Davison
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William Robinson
Liberation Snare, 2014
Mixed media installation and performance (percussionists, drum sticks, musical score, notebook, metronome, midi sensor, audio mixer, speakers, wireless transmission device)
Dimensions variable
Collection of the artist
Photo: Lenny Mullins

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