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Sobey Art Award 2012
Following the nomination process and the selection of the 2012 Long List, the Curatorial Panel has finalized the Shortlist for this year’s award.

West Coast: Gareth Moore
Prairies and the North: Jason de Haan
Ontario: Derek Sullivan
Québec: Raphaëlle de Groot
Atlantic: Eleanor King

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Gareth Moore
The Road Through the Forest by Lyman A. William
, 2008
Shirt, pants, leather suspenders, shoes, hand-made underwear, hat, stick, 24 photographs, box camera, cigarettes, pillowcase backpack, wool blanket, American currency, seaweed, dried blackberries, steel, raccoon tail, eraser, found painting, glasses, lucky object, button, tobacco, feathers, string, soap, conte drawing, skull, sheet, motel slip
64 x 44 x 33 inches (162.5 x 111.75 x 84 cm)
Courtesy Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
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Gareth Moore

Crown Compass from Uncertain Pilgrimage
, 2009, globes, balls, paint, scrap metal, 261.62 x 56.51 x 137.16 cm. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver
Jason de Haan
Salt Beard (Mercury)
salt and borrowed bust, 65 x 24 x 24”,  2010.

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Jason de Haan

New Jerusalem
, 2010, collaged book covers mounted on black linen, 182.9 x 182.9 cm. A floating city/landscape collage from the deconstructed covers of over 1000 1950s-80s science fiction paperbacks. Named for the Biblical City of God that descends from the heavens at the end of time.
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Derek Sullivan

Peg Rail #2 (walking and chewing the fat at the same time)
, 2011, wood rail, pine Rietveld Zig-Zag chair with aluminum paint, 3 pieces of rope, laser cut fabric, unique artist book, 137.16 x 129.54 x 45.72 cm. Photo: Toni Hafkensheid
Derek Sullivan
Installation view of Albatross Omnibus
The Power Plant, 2011, 52 artists’ books; ladders, dimensions variable, 2011. Photo credit: Toni Hafkensheid
Raphaëlle de Groot
Port de tete (detail)
 inkjet print, 51 x 71.5 cm, 2010. Photo credit Mirko Sabatini.
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Raphaëlle de Groot

Le poids des objets
, 2009, installation: wooden crate, various objects, text. Photo: Patrick Altman Le lieu
Eleanor King
mixed installation, dimensions variable, 2009. Photo credit: Steve Farmer
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Eleanor King

Taddle Creek
(detail), 2011, installation, variable. Photo: ccca

Artist Portraits

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Gareth Moore
West Coast and Yukon
Photo by: Aleyah Solomon
Jason de Haan
Prairies and the North
Photo by: Aleyah Solomon
D Sullivan
Derek Sullivan
Photo by: Aleyah Solomon
Raphaëlle de Groot
Photo by: Aleyah Solomon
Eleanor King
Photo by: Aleyah Solomon

About The Sobey Art Award
The Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art, was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. It is an annual prize given to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A total of $70,000 in prize money is awarded annually; $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four finalists. Since its inception, the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.