The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 call for entries countdown continues today looking at Owen Waterhouse, a designer, silversmith and public artist based in Sheffield. His sculpture Möbius 1.00 (2014) was selected for last year’s Aesthetica Art Prize shortlist and featured in the 2015 anthology of contemporary artists, Future Now.
As an artist, Waterhouse strives to construct objects that are beautiful, useful and intriguing. Having trained as a silversmith, the act of using his hands to produce artwork is a particularly key part of his process. He uses technology as a stage in the act of creation and develops sculptural forms within a virtual environment, which enables him to explore methods of construction. Originally working at a small scale, primarily in metal, in recent years Waterhouse has diversified his practice to include large-scale collaborative public art and sculptural projects in a variety of materials. Exploration of pattern, material and process drive the manufacturing of his sculptures and this forms the common bond between the artworks.
Often working on client-initiated commissions, Waterhouse develops artwork influenced by a combination of location, concept and consultation. Möbius 1.00 was created to mark the centenary of Harry Brearley’s discovery of stainless steel in Sheffield. Commissioned in 2014 by Galvanize Sheffield & Outokumpu, this unique sculpture celebrates the heritage and future of steel production in the city and features one hundred water jets cut in profile to create its skeletal, elegant form. A finalist in the Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture category of the Aesthetica Art Prize, Möbius 1.00 was shown as part of the Exhibition at York St Marys in 2015.
The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 is now open for entries, accepting submissions across a range of media including photography, sculpture, installation, painting and artists’ film. Prizes include up to £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox, group exhibition, publication in 100 contemporary artists, £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton and art books courtesy of Prestel. Selected artists are also showcased on Aesthetica’s online channels.
Entries are open for the Aesthetica Art Prize www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize
For more information about the artist visit www.owenwaterhouse.co.uk
1. Owen Waterhouse, Möbius 1.00 (2014). Courtesy of the artist.