Ron Mandos - Best of Graduates 2018 winners!

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September 1st 2018

Quentley Barbara (BA Fine Arts) is the winner of the 2018 Ron Mandos Young Blood Award and Marwan Bassiouni (BA Photography) won of the Ron Mandos Photo Talent Award 2018! Special mention was given to the work of Jonathan Hielkema (BA Photography)! Congratulations all!

The winners were announced during the FINISSAGE & AWARD CEREMONY of the Best of Graduates 2018 exhibition on Saturday 1 September.

The Ron Mandos Young Blood Award is a prize that offers the winning artist the opportunity to show more work in the gallery or to take part in an (inter) national art fair. The Ron Mandos Photo Talent Award has been created in order to bring the winner’s work to the 2019 Unseen Amsterdam fair, offering a platform to showcase the artist's work to an international audience.

From the jury report, about Quentley Barbara, winner of the 2018 Ron Mandos Young Blood Award:

Quentley Barbara is a true sculptor with an ability to grasp an expression or a pose in a genuine way. His figures sculpted with inexpensive materials have a strong presence and are touching at the same time. Barbara has proven to be able to combine street art mentality with personal questions and exceptional traditional sculpting skills

Special mention to Jonathan Hielkema:

Jonathan Hielkema reflects on his being as an artist and a graduate in order to question the role and the potential of art in the complex world we live in. He does so with wit and humour as a strategy to deal with existential issues.

From the jury report, about Marwan Bassiouni, winner of the Ron Mandos Photo Talent Award:

The winner of The Ron Mandos Photo Talent Award 2018 makes carefully prepared shots that confuse us and make our gaze curious at the same time. What seems to be a collage of at least two images is a reversed (or rear) view blending the traditional genre of landscape photography with current political issues.

Read the full 2018 Jury Report.