Olivia Yu, The Pac-Man Race, 70 x 100 cm
The Curious Duke gallery shares premises with Taylored Frames Ltd; the Framer himself here at the opening with his pet rat.
The Curious Duke Gallery launched their first Secret Art Prize at their residency on the infamous street for urban art, Whitecross Street, in early September. The founder Eleni Duke says there is no similar prize to encourage Surrealist and Urban Art in the UK and that’s why she’s championing this opportunity for unrepresented emerging artists working in that field.
They had over 160 applicants with the top ten selected artists having their entries exhibited from now until 27th of September.
The winning painting by Mohammed Sami is a depiction of a faceless immigrant straining under a a canopy of luggage.
Olivia Yu with her fluorescent colour palette and marbled, textured, abstract canvases won the Peoples Choice Award.
Whitecross Street itself has a constantly regenerating display of street art along it, and one of the judges, Teddy Baden, is a street artist and organiser of the Whitecross St Art Party every summer was a judge.
Curious Duke Gallery – 173 Whitecross St, London EC1Y 8JT; the Secret Art Prize is on till 27th of September.