16 January 2012
Last updated at 05:37
The Catlin Guide 2012, which features 40 of the UK's most promising graduate artists, has just been released. The artists were whittled down from 600 and were recommended by course tutors, collectors and curators from all over the country and eventually selected by art writer and curator Justin Hammond.
Jonny Briggs recently graduated from the Royal College Of Art. "His work has become instantly recognisable, which is an amazing achievement, considering he's a new artist," said Hammond. "Most of his work is based on the difficult relationship he had with his parents growing up. "In his photographs it's almost an attempt to explore that relationship and claim his childhood back," Hammond said.
Hammond says Davide Maione's work "stood out" among a group of talented artists from the University Of Westminster. "It's really difficult to do something different in photography as everything has already been done before, but I think he's doing something quite original. This image is really quite striking and is quite indicative of his whole collection," Hammond said.
Hannah Harkes studied at the Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, before completing a residency in Estonia. Hammond says he included Harkes in the guide book to show there was not just "one route" for artists to follow.
Iranian artist Sohelia Sokhanvari came to the UK in the late 70s. Her first degree was in bio-chemistry, before she embarked upon an artistic career, which Hammond says "highlights her diversity". He says this life-size artwork of a horse balancing on an inflatable ball was" really impressive".
At the beginning of February, the 10 artists who have been shortlisted for the Catlin Art Prize will be announced. The winner of the £5,000 prize money will be announced in May.