Last year in 2010 the newly created Canson award for drawing selected French artist Fabien Merelle (b. 1981) as its first winner.
This year’s selection is on for (free) viewing at Hôtel de Sauroy – a 17th c. townhouse, not a hotel – at 58, rue Charlot, Paris 3rd until June 19th, 2011. After this date, the drawings will continue to be exhibited at the Louvre.
Here are some images (names of artists/artworks to follow).
Among the strongest pieces are Gregory Forstner’s intriguing Hôtesses de l’air (“hostesses of the air” or stewardesses), two large format charcoal portraits – already acquired by a private collection in Switzerland.
They provide a glimpse of the artist’s strange and dark world of painting: