The Drawing Now Prize

Since 2011, the Drawing Now Prize has been used to support a draftsman artist and to salute the work of his gallery. Awarded on the occasion of Drawing Now Art Fair, the prize was previously endowed with 10,000 euros including 5,000 euros for the artist and 5,000 euros of production budget for an exhibition at the Drawing Lab, the art center dedicated to contemporary drawing. The Drawing Now Prize is supported by the main patron SOFERIM. The goal is to encourage the work of a mid-career designer, which is a complex moment for creation.

New formula for the Drawing Now Award 2022

For this11th Drawing Now Prize, the formula evolves to give more scope and visibility to the practice of the winning artist and implement this award as a grant to help creation where the Drawing sphere - including Drawing Now Art Fair and the Drawing Lab - joins forces to offer: 5,000 euros in endowment, 10,000 euros in production aid, a 3-month exhibition at the Drawing Lab and the publication of a monographic catalogue.


The winner of the DRAWING NOW Award 2022


Bertrand Baraudou, Galerie Espace à vente and Karine Rougier, artist winner of the Drawing Now Prize 2022 © Ayka Lux for Say Who / Coolhuntparis

Karine Rougier, represented by Espace à vente
Born in 1982, lives and works in Marseille

Karine Rougier's drawings reinvent a nature where human forms mingle with animal forms, where invisible bodies and powers unite in the same and mesmerizing embrace.

The washes in watercolor on paper pass on the forms and, like a tide that retreats, leave behind only a few details, a few lines where our gaze clings. Crossed by a powerful vital momentum, his compositions are the fruit of an emancipated look that infuses the bodies with desire and power.

Karine Rougier began her studies at the Arts Décoratifs in Geneva, then continued at the École supérieure d'art d'Aix-en-Provence, she has been teaching at the Beaux-Arts de Marseille since 2018. She represented Malta at the Venice Biennale in 2017.

Shortlisted artists for the 2022 Drawing Now Prize

Exceptionally 6 artists were chosen upstream by the selection committee:

  • Alice Anderson,born in 1972 and represented by La Patinoire Royale | Valerie Bach Gallery
  • Marion Charlet, born in 1982 and represented by PARIS-B
  • Kubra Khademi, born in 1989 and represented by Galerie Éric Mouchet
  • Lenny Rébéré, born in 1994 and represented by Galerie Isabelle Gounod
  • Karine Rougier, born in 1982 and represented by Espace à vendre
  • Claire Trotignon,born in 1984 and represented by Galerie 8+4

Discover in video the 6 artists nominated for the drawing now 2022 award

Members of the Selection Committee

The members of the Drawing Now Prize Committee have established the list of 6 nominated artists.

This committee is made up of the members of the Salon's selection committee: Joana P.R. Neves, Emilie Bouvard, Anita Haldemann, Catherine Hellier du Verneuil, Pascal Neveux, Philippe Piguet, Daniel Schildge, Annabelle Ténèze and the main patron of the Prize - SOFERIM represented by Jean Papahn, founder and president.

During the Drawing Now Art Fair, which will take place in May, the committee meets after seeing the work of the 6 artists nominated on the stands of the galleries to choose the winner.
The winner of the Prize will be announced on the evening of the opening of the fair.


• 2011: Catherine Melin, represented by Galerie Isabelle Gounod

• 2012: Clément Bagot, represented by Galerie Eric Dupont

• 2013: Didier Rittener, represented by Galerie Lange + Pult

• 2014: Cathryn Boch, represented by Galerie Claudine Papillon

• 2015: Abdelkader Benchamma, represented by FL GALLERY

• 2016: Jochen Gerner, represented by Galerie anne barrault

• 2017: Lionel Sabatté, represented by Galerie C

• 2018: Michail Michailov, represented by Galerie Projektraum Viktor Bucher

• 2019: Lucie Picandet, represented by Galerie Georges-Philippe and Nathalie Vallois

• 2020-2021: Nicolas Daubanes, represented by Galerie Maubert



Nicolas Daubanes, represented by Galerie Maubert

Lucie Picandet,represented by Galerie Georges-Philippe and Nathalie Vallois


Michail Michailov, Galerie Projektraum Viktor Bucher


Lionel Sabatte, Gallery C


Jochen Gerner, Anne Barrault