In February 2018, realist painter and urban planning architect Ana Schmidt was announced as the Winner of The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, the UK and Europe’s pre-eminent prize for Figurative Art Today. For her winning work, ‘Dead End’, Ana received the competition’s First Prize of £20,000 and a solo exhibition in central London. Schmidt’s solo show, titled ‘City of Shards’, debuts September 2019 at Mall Galleries.
17 to 22 September 2019, 10am to 5pm (1pm final day)
‘City of Shards’ will showcase new works by Schmidt on the same theme as ‘Dead End’, “gritty cityscape works that document in fine detail … abandoned urban spaces, spaces that normally escape our awareness, as the periphery, the fringes, where cities become blurred” (Lewis McNaught, Chairman of the Selection Panel, The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018).
In every painting, the land is protagonist, albeit abandoned and decaying, on the edge of cities, or ‘taken’ from a viewing platform looking out over a distance so that, “[W]hat we are given … are mappings of contemporary life, views into the depersonalized and seemingly unnavigable layout of the city” (Ana Schmidt).
Although Bilbao-based, Ana will be present during the exhibition to talk to visitors about her paintings and the inspiration behind them.