Maurits Ylitalo

– The Beckers Art Award 2010 goes to the artist Maurits Ylitalo.
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The 2010 recipients of Beckers Art Award is painter Maurits Ylitalo, living and working in Borås.

Beckers Art Award has, since its establishment in 1987, been awarded to several of Sweden’s most innovative and exciting young artists, such as Dan Wolgers (1989), Jockum Nordström (1999), Linn Fernström (2000), and Nathalie Djurberg (2006). The selected artist receives 150,000 SEK, as well as a solo exhibition organized in collaboration with Färgfabriken. Since 2000, the selected artist’s works have been exhibited in a solo show at Färgfabriken.

The jury statement:

Maurits Ylitalo is an artist who freely connects complex stories in painting, watercolour, collage and drawing. With his intricate worlds Ylitalo dwells into the depths of his own imagination and thereby invites us to a rich, and sometimes absurd, room in which everything seems possible: landscape meets myth and play. References from art history, peculiar ideas and cut-outs are mixed with picturesque precision in the smallest details, altogether in a fragile shade, a perceptible melancholy in the very middle of the urge itself. With his practice Maurits Ylitalo unlocks the gate to a greater world – a world that we can step into, a world that extends far beyond the private isolate. Maurits Ylitalo receives Beckers Art Award for his ability to, from his inner self, fix our gaze on something we have either seen or felt before – he gives us a glimpse in the magic of art.

For the jury Mårten Castenfors

The jury: Jenny Lindén Urnes, Mårten Castenfors och Magnus Jensner.

4 dec 2010 – 9 jan 2011