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Andre Guichard, Bombay Sapphire Curator with Michael Vickers, Winning Toronto Artist and Elena Soboleva, Curator of Artsy Projects

The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series sends three Canadian artists to Miami to compete for the $10,000 USD Artsy Grand Prize and exhibit their work at SCOPE Art Fair

After a four month search, the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series has determined the three regional finalists from Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto to compete for the opportunity to collaborate with Artsy on a custom, immersive installation in New York City. The prize will include a $10,000 USD stipend to create the installation.

The three artists were selected by an esteemed panel of judges in each city after a group exhibition at Winsor Gallery in Vancouver, Duran Mashaal Gallery in Montreal and Only One Gallery in Toronto. The winners competed against 56 of their peers after being selected by Artsy curators from the 2,577 submissions.

The three finalists are:

Vancouver finalist: Vanessa Lam
Montreal finalist: Tina Struthers
Toronto finalist: Michael Vickers

Each artist has won a trip to Miami to exhibit their winning work at SCOPE Miami Beach December 5 -10. On Friday, December 8th, Artsy will determine the winning artist at a Bombay Sapphire party in Miami. The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series' mission is to discover the next big name in visual arts.

The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series will feature all of the entries from Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto on the Artisan Series website, which will be open to public voting. The two entries with the highest overall votes will be deemed the online winners and will advance and showcase their art at SCOPE Miami Beach. Go to to vote.

About Vanessa Lam:
Vanessa Lam investigates the dynamics of form, space and the unconscious through collage and mixed media painting. She refers to Abstract Expressionism in her work through gesture and automatic painting. Her action-oriented process involves a balance between chance and control. Although her mark making may appear random, Vanessa loosely directs paint through the immediacy of her brushwork and use of non-traditional painting tools. This spontaneity translates into her collage process. It engages her to instinctively respond to materials for shape, texture, line and colour. At the same time, the element of juxtaposition in collage allows Vanessa to create contrast through the placement of paint and the variance of her mark making. It is the fluid movement between chance and control that attracts her to examine both disciplines.

About Tine Struthers:
Tina Struthers is a textile and visual artist, costume designer, and cultural mediator. Originally from South-Africa, she has been living and creating in Québec since 2011. Her career of 18 years includes exhibitions of her art works, costume design for theater and dance, commissioned public art installations and public art creation projects.

About Michael Vickers:
Vacillating between painting, sculpture and installation, Michael Vickers’ modulating forms develop an autonomous and distinctive visual language. Insistently remodeled industrial sheets of metal, folded fabric and molded plexiglas morph into artworks, as gradients of brightly-hued paint camouflage their unyielding surfaces. By relying on acts of negation, and investigating notions of inner and outer space, the compositions simultaneously convey familiarity and strangeness, weightlessness and mass, fragility and monumentality, playfulness and menace, completeness and provisionality.

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