Installation view of Gabriele Evertz: Rapture, MINUS SPACE, 2011
We are delighted to announce that gallery artist Gabriele Evertz has received The Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). One of two recipients this year, Ms. Evertz was personally selected by Mr. Alkazzi from a pool of 1,500 applicants. She will receive a cash award of $20,000.
“We live in a fast-moving culture that grows increasingly more abstract, away from the physical touch, away from the physical ground of being – away from the act of creation by hand,” said Alkazzi regarding the creation of the award, which was presented for the first time in 2010. “I want in my own way, to encourage the glorious expressions of pencil, brush, and paint, and to nurture the kind of artist and the kind of art that I like and respect.”
“NYFA is honored that Basil Alkazzi has asked us to oversee this important award, which will have a significant impact on the recipients. It is incredibly moving to see an artist so dedicated to giving back to his community, “ said NYFA Executive Director Michael L. Royce. “To be able to award $20,000 to each of these extraordinary painters is a joy and we are so grateful to Basil for making it possible.”
Ms. Evertz noted, “I received the news of this honor in a letter from Mr. Alkazzi in which he expressed the hope that I ‘will also reach out towards other gifted artists.’ Indeed, whenever possible, it has been my pleasure to curate shows around the themes of color, light, and perception and I intend to continue to present relatively unknown painters who have devoted their life’s work to this particular aspect of painting. This award will also enable me to do the obvious: purchase materials to embark on a major body of work that has preoccupied me. Further, I am preparing for two solo shows this year; one in Riverhead, NY and one in Santa Fe, NM, and the funding will enable me to prepare a publication. Finally, I can now begin to realize the long-term project of documenting and archiving my own work, something every artist ought to do but is not often in the position to do. It is therefore with the greatest joy and humility that I am accepting this award. I am profoundly grateful to Mr. Alkazzi and the New York Foundation for the Arts for this honor.”
About Basil H. Alkazzi
The British artist, Basil H. Alkazzi, is a prolific and, in his own words, a “compulsive” painter. His distinguished career as an artist spans almost 50 years. Six monographs of work have been published, the most recent being Resonant Echoes – The Art of Basil Alkazzi by Dennis Wepman in 2007. His work is held in the public collections of museums worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum – Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, the Santa Barbara Museum in California, The Tel-Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, The National Council in Kuwait, and Centrum Sztuki in Warsaw, Poland. In addition to being a gifted painter, Mr. Basil Alkazzi is also a generous philanthropist. In 1986, he established The Basil H. Alkazzi Foundation Awards, which are presented annually at the Royal College of Art in London. A cosmopolitan, he has travelled widely, and he has lived for long periods of time in London, Athens, and New York. He currently resides in Monaco.
For additional information about Gabriele Evertz, please contact the gallery.