In addition, to the $50,000 award to the winner, and the $5000 each to the finalists, past nominees have gone on to established careers. The 2013 awards should prove to continue this tradition. The awards were given bi-annually from 2002 until 2006 and since then annually. Each year five artists, from each of five regions, the West Coast and Yukon, Prairies and the North, Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic, are chosen by five curators from the same regions. The difference this year was that not only were the five short listed artists all under the age of forty, but so were all of the curators.
This year’s winner, announced at a gala on October 9th at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, was Ontario artist, Duane Linklater. The other short listed artist were Isabelle Pauwels, West Coast and the Yukon; Mark Clintberg, Prairies and the North; Pascal Grandmaison, Quebec; and Tamara Henderson, the Atlantic.
Duane Linklater’s major piece in the exhibition, a First Nation artist who lives in North Bay, Ontario, is a series of five neon light works mounted on enamel painted aluminum panels titled Tautology. It was, to my mind, the most striking work in the exhibition, although the award winner, picked by the five curators, is not necessarily based on the works in the exhibition, but the wining artist’s entire body of work.
It will be interesting to follow the five young artists in this year’s Sobey Art Awards careers and see what they do in the future.

 
Sobey Art Award 2013
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(14 September 2013 - 5 January 2014)
http://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/en/sobeyartaward(lien externe)

 
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Isabelle Pauwels, Immunized Arm(s), 2009, lightjet print, 101.6 x 38.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

 
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Mark Clintberg, Behind this lies my true desire for you, 2012, Salvaged wood, latex paint, offset print posters, 670 cm x 944 cm

 
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Duane Linklater, (Untitled) A raspberry garden for 21st Street, 2012, 12 raspberry bushes, soil, string, bamboo, canvas, chalk, chalkboard, clip, printed email, Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.

 
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Pascal Grandmaison, Le jour des 8 soleils, 2011, 8 HD Videos, 5 mins, projections on 8 buildings. Courtesy of the artist.

 
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Tamara Henderson, Western Fade Out, 2010, found 16 mm Film, Loop System, Markers: Red, Green, Blue, Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.

 
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Installation of Exhibition
Works by Duane Linklater

 
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Installation of Exhibition
Works by Mark Clintberg

 
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Installation of Exhibition
Works by Tamara Henderson