31 October 2013 - 6 December 2013
Wednesday – Sunday, 12:30 – 5:30pm or by appointment
RBS Forecourt and Galleries, 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA
The Royal British Society of Sculptors is delighted to announce Sam Shendi as the winner of the £10,000 opportunity to create a new piece of public sculpture—the FIRST@108 Public Art Award. Sam Shendi will give a talk on his practice on Wednesday, November 27, from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
Firmly based in modernist morphology, Sam Shendi’s colourful architectural forms abbreviate the human figure and nod to his background in monumental sculpture and interior design. Shendi juxtaposes cartoonish lemon, ultraviolet and pumpkin-coloured blocks, conjuring associations with children’s toys and industrial design and lending his pieces an emotive and playful quality. His candy-coated palette animates the archetypal themes he addresses in his work.
Shendi won the FIRST@108 Award with his colourful, humorous proposal, Evolution. The full-scale sculpture will be exhibited for the first time in the forecourt of the RBS from October 31, accompanied by an exhibition of other work in the RBS Galleries.
Each of the seven components of Evolution represent the human figure at various stages of life, from infancy to death, calling to mind the Sphinx’s riddle, which Oedipus solved. Other works in the exhibition include The Branch, Souls, Mother and Child, and The Ride.
Initiated in 2009, the First@108 Public Art Award offers sculptors the opportunity to extend their practice into competing for public art commissions. Finalists are taken through the complex public art commissioning process. The winner receives £10,000 towards the cost of producing a large scale sculpture which is then exhibited for three months in front of the Royal British Society of Sculptors headquarters, an iconic Arts and Crafts period building in South Kensington alongside a solo exhibition of their work. RBS endeavours for the commissioned work to be displayed at another prominent venue after the exhibition.
Born in Egypt, Sam Shendi studied Monumental and Architectural Sculpture at the University of Helwan in Cairo. After receiving his degree in 1997, he opened his own Interior Design office. In 2000, he moved from Egypt to the UK. Since then, he has exhibited throughout the UK and Europe.
The RBS would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Mirisch & Lebenheim Charitable Foundation for making this award possible.