The Drawing Now Prize

Since 2011, the Drawing Now Prize has been supporting a drawing artist and acknowledging the work of his gallery. Awarded on the occasion of the Drawing Now Art Fair, the prize is endowed with 5,000 euros for the artist, 10,000 euros in production aid, a three-month exhibition at Drawing Lab, the art centre dedicated to contemporary drawing, and the publication of a monographic catalogue.

The Drawing Now Prize is supported by the main sponsor SOFERIM. The aim is to encourage the work of a draughtsman, under the age of 50, in the middle of his or her career, which is a complex moment for creation today.

The five artists nominated for the Drawing Now 2023 Prize will be announced on Thursday 19 January at 7:30 pm at the Drawing Lab, 17, rue de Richelieu - Paris 1er, by invitation, during the opening of the exhibition of the Drawing Now 2022 Prize winner, Karine Rougier.

Specific signage will be in place on the Drawing Now Art Fair stands to present the work of these five artists to the public, and the announcement of the winner will take place on Wednesday 22 March during the opening of the fair, at 6.30pm.

The winner of the DRAWING NOW Award 2022


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

Karine Rougier, represented by Espace à vendre
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.

Members of the Selection Committee

The members of the Drawing Now Prize Committee draw up a list of 5 artists selected from among the artists under 50 years of age presented in focus by the galleries.

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, Dirk Snauwaert 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 March, the committee meets after seeing the work of the 5 artists nominated on the stands of the galleries to select the winner.
The winner of the Prize will be announced on the evening of the opening of the fair, Wednesday 22 March 2023 at 6.30 pm.


• 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

• 2022: Karine Rougier, represented by Espace à vendre



Karine Rougier, represented by Espace à vendre

Nicolas Daubanes, represented by Galerie Maubert


Lucie Picandet, Galerie Georges-Philippe and Nathalie Vallois


Michail Michailov, Galerie Projektraum Viktor Bucher


Lionel Sabatté, Gallery C