The Drawing Now Award

The winner of the DRAWING NOW 2021 Award

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© Jean Picon / Cool Hunt Paris

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© Jean Picon / Cool Hunt Paris

Born in 1983 in France
Lives and works in Perpignan, France

Nicolas Daubanes has been working on the prison world (drawings, installations, videos) for nearly 10 years, resulting from immersive residencies in prisons. From his drawings with iron filings to monumental installations of concrete sabotaged with sugar, Nicolas Daubanes is interested in the combined moment of suspension and fall: it is a question of seeing before the fall, before the ruin, the vital impulse.

The DRAWING NOW Award aims to support emerging creation and to underline the role of galleries as scouts. It rewards the work of an artist on the occasion of DRAWING NOW Art Fair. This prize is financially supported by SOFERIM, main sponsor of the fair since its creation. The DRAWING NOW Prize, which could not be awarded in 2020, will be presented on Wednesday 9 June 2021 at 5pm.

The DRAWING NOW 2020 Award postponed to 2021

Nicolas Daubanes represented by the Maubert Gallery

Nicolas Daubanes Prison Saint-Michel, Toulouse Dessin mural à la poudre d’acier aimantée, 200 x 280 cm, 2019,.site

Nicolas Daubanes, Prison Saint-Michel, Toulouse, wall drawing with magnetized steel powder, 200 x 280 cm, 2019, View of the exhibition Confinement- Politics of Space and Bodies, CAC Cincinnati, 2019

Odonchimeg Davaadorj represented by Backslash Gallery

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Odonchimeg Davaadorj, Coexistere 2 (detail), 2019, ink on paper and perforation, 21 x 29,7 cm, Odonchimeg Davaadorj and Backslash

Mathieu Dufois represented by
Gallery C

© Mathieu Dufois, Hors vue 14, dessins à la pierre noire, 16,5 x 25 cm, 2019. Courtesy Galerie

© Mathieu Dufois, Out of View 14, black stone drawings, 16,5 x 25 cm, 2019, Courtesy C Gallery

Delphine Gigoux-Martin represented by Galerie Claire Gastaud

1.Delphine Gigoux Martin, Les bois brûlés, 2019, fusain et gomme sur bois, ensemble 250 x120 cm 2

Delphine Gigoux-Martin, Burnt Woods, 2019, charcoal and gum on wood, set 250 x 120 cm

Julien Tiberi represented by Galerie Semiose

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Julien Tiberi, Symphonic Lava, 2019, ink on paper, 17,5 x 12 cm, Courtesy the artist and Semiose

This year, 5 artists were nominated by the Prize Selection Committee:

  • Nicolas Daubanes, French, born in 1983 / represented by the Galerie Maubert
  • Odonchimeg Davaadorj, Mongolian, born in 1990 / represented by Backslash Gallery
  • Mathieu Dufois, French, born in 1984 / represented by Galerie C
  • Delphine Gigoux-Martin, French, born in 1972 / represented by Galerie Claire Gastaud
  • Julien Tiberi, French, born in 1979 / represented by Galerie Semiose
The DRAWING NOW Prize Committee selected 5 artists among 100 eligible artists presented at the fair.

This committee is constituted by the fair selection committee and the main patron of the prize, SOFERIM, represented by Jean Papahn, its founder and president: Joana P. R. Neves, Emilie Bouvard, Véronique Souben, Adam Budak, Philippe Piguet, Daniel Schildge and Catherine Hellier du Verneuil,
During the 14th edition of DRAWING NOW Art Fair, named DRAWING NOW Alternative in June 2021, the committee will meet to nominate the winner, after having visited the booths where the work of the 5 finalists will be presented.
The winner will receive a 5,000 euros prize and will have an individual exhibition at the Drawing Lab, thanks to the support of SOFERIM, the main sponsor of DRAWING NOW Art Fair.



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


Michail Michailov, Gallery Projektraum Victor Bucher


Lionel Sabatté, Gallery C


Jochen Gerner, Gallery Anne Barrault


The DRAWING NOW Prize - for 5 years now - supports an artist and salutes the work of his gallery, with an endowment of 5,000 euros thanks to the Fund for Contemporary Drawing supported by SOFERIM. The selected artist is selected by the members of the selection committee of the galleries of the Salon accompanist of personalities of the art world (Brett Littman, executive director of the Drawing center New York in 2015) and the president of SOFERIM.

The Drawing Society is organizing an exhibition for the winner for the next edition of DRAWING NOW Paris. This Fund was created to accompany artists at the beginning of their careers and first and foremost the winners of the DRAWING NOW Prize. This independent tool, wanted by Christine Phal - founding president of DRAWING NOW Paris - brings together private donors and corporate sponsors within the same entity.

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