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Pioneering visual artist shortlisted for prestigious Lumen Prize

Tuesday 11th August 2015 at 3pm 0 Comments Visual Arts

Visual artist Glenn Marshall has been short-listed for the Lumen Prize and you can cast your vote now. Image: Visual artist Glenn Marshall has been short-listed for the Lumen Prize and you can cast your vote now.

Belfast artist Glenn Marshall has spent 15 years developing new methods of 3D animation and expermental computer art and has been shortlisted for his work Particle Man, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

Multi award-winning Glenn, who is a recipient of a 2015 Arts Council of Northern Ireland Major Individual Artist Award, worth £15,000, has over 1 million plays on Vimeo of his cutting edge animations, and a worldwide following for his unique, pioneering digital art and in 2008 he won the Prix Ars Electronica for a music video he created for Peter Gabriel.  He has also produced adverts and short films for BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated studios Nexus, in London, and Brown Bag, in Dublin.    

Speaking about being shortlisted for the Lumen Prize Exhibition Glenn commented;

“It’s really exciting being in the running for a major global digital art award.  The inspiration for Particle Man came from looking at the cover illustrations of the New Scientist magazine - beautifully clever ideas that connect science to humanity.  I’ve always felt that too much of computer art is abstract and meaningless, so I wanted to do something that connected it back to the human, in this case it was a simple idea of particles in motion creating the shape of a man, entirely simulated through programming and mathematics.”

“The reaction to Particle Man has been fantastic.  The Arts Council purchased a still work for their collection based on the animation, which is the first digital art related piece work to be added to their collection, so this is especially pleasing as it feels a bit historic.  In New York, Particle Man is featured in a new 360 stereoscopic, virtual reality film called In/Formation.   And to top things off, the Lumen Prize website homepage is using my image to represent the competition itself - always a good a sign! I’m also proud to be representing Northern Ireland around the world with digital art I’ve created with my Arts Council award.”

Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added,

“The Arts Council warmly congratulates Glenn on this impressive achievement.  We supported Glenn recently through the Major Individual Artist Award.  This award is designed to enable an established artist to really focus on a new body of work.  Glenn fully deserves this international recognition by Lumen and we wish him every success for the final in September.  We would encourage everyone to log in and vote for Glenn and his work in this innovative field.”

The Lumen Prize is open to artists anywhere in the world and works are reviewed by Lumen's International Selection Committee which is made up of academics, gallerists, artists and art historians from around the world. The top 100 works chosen by the ISC become the Lumen Online Gallery which is now open for a public vote for the People's Choice Award[4] .  The top 100 works are then further reviewed by the Lumen Jury Panel who choose the top 25 works that form the 2015 Lumen Prize Exhibition as well as the 2015 Lumen Prize winners with winners announced at a Gala Ceremony in London on 24th September 2015.

Glenn's work is available to watch below. 

You can cast your vote in support of Glenn now by first registering at

Particle Man from Glenn Marshall on Vimeo.

Radiohead - Codex from Glenn Marshall on Vimeo.


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