Turner Prize 2011 won by Scottish sculptor
Published 06/12/2011 | 07:56
Martin Boyce, the artist who transforms gallery spaces into modernist urban landscapes, has won the 2011 Turner Prize.
Boyce's sculptural installations include park benches, bins and scattered leaves, fashioned from industrial materials. He was the bookmakers' favourite to win the £25,000 prize and the best-known artist on the shortlist, having represented Scotland at the 2009 Venice Biennale.
He is also the third Scottish winner in as many years - Susan Philipsz, a fellow Glasgwegian, won in 2010; Richard Wright, who works out of a studio in the same building as Boyce, was the winner in 2009.
The ceremony was held at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, where photographer Mario Testino presented the award.
Boyce's installation on display there for the Turner Prize exhibition, Do Words Have Voices, recreates an autumnal park scene with geometric leaves suspended from the ceiling and a stylised rubbish bin in the corner. His attention to detail was so great that he even redesigned the room's ventilation grills to complement his installation.
The judges praised Boyce's "pioneering contribution to the current interest which contemporary artists have in historic modernism". They said his work "uses his knowledge of historic design to create distinctive sculptural installations while opening up a new sense of poetry".
Boyce has cited an abstract design of concrete trees, created for a modernist exhibition in Paris in 1925 by Jan and Joel Martel, as the inspiration for much of his work and they appear as a recurring motif.
The 44-year-old artist graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1990 and continues to live and work in the city.
Four of his works are in the Tate including Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours (2002), which features simple tree shapes made from fluorescent tubing.
The Turner Prize, awarded to a British artist under 50, is now in its 27th year.
The other shortlisted artists - Karla Black, George Shaw and Hilary Lloyd - each received £5,000. Their works will be on display at Baltic until January 8.
The gallery on the south bank of the Tyne is the first venue outside the Tate to host the ceremony, as organisers strive to make the British art world's foremost prize less London-centric. Next year it will be held at Tate Britain but in 2013 it will be staged in Northern Ireland.