Artist Jesse Darling wins UK’s Turner Prize 2023

LONDON (Reuters) – British artist Jesse Darling was awarded the 2023 Turner Prize for contemporary art on Tuesday and took home 25,000 pounds ($31,480) as this year’s winner.

Established in 1984 and named after British painter J.M.W. Turner, the prestigious art prize is awarded to an artist born or based in the United Kingdom for an outstanding exhibition or presentation of their work in the past 12 months.

The jury commended Oxford-born Darling’s use of materials and commonplace objects like concrete, welded barriers, hazard tape, office files and net curtains, “to convey a familiar yet delirious world.”

“Invoking societal breakdown, his presentation unsettles perceived notions of labour, class, Britishness and power,” the jury said about Darling, who lives and works in Berlin.

This year’s jury was chaired by Tate Britain Director Alex Farquharson.

The 2023 prize was announced at a ceremony in Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens, in southeast England, where Darling was presented with the award by British rapper and musician Tinie Tempah.

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(Reporting by Farouq Suleiman in London; Editing by Matthew Lewis)