The House of Commons has selected artist Adam Dant as the nation’s official Election Artist, commissioned by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art to document the processes and outcomes of the 2015 General Election.
Adam’s artwork will be his unique interpretation of the General Election based on his experience of the campaign trail. For his fee of £17,000 he will record the main themes of the election whilst at the same time exploring the concerns and activities of the electorate. He will travel around the United Kingdom observing electioneering in the run up to polling day and some of his initial sketches will be shared on parliamentary social media channels during the election period. His final, completed work will join the Parliamentary Art Collection later in 2015.
Adam Dant is known for his monumental narrative ink drawings which approach British culture, politics and ideology with a rich vein of satire in the tradition of Rowlandson and Hogarth. His work is in numerous collections both nationally and internationally, including those of Tate Britain and MOMA New York. He has exhibited at the Hayward Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Frank Doran MP, Chair of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art, said:
“I am delighted to announce that Adam Dant is the official 2015 election artist. Adam’s work gives a rich and textured look at the modern world. The images he produces are dense with meaning, calling back to great British satirical artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.”
Adam Dant, 2015 Election Artist, said:
“Sketching the daily dramas of life in the UK has always provided the inspiration for my large narrative tableau drawings. The 2015 general election is such a drama and I am very pleased to have been selected by the Art Committee at Westminster to document this crucial national event. From a starting point of drawing the British electorate's various engagements with social and economic issues across the UK on the eve of a very unpredictable 2015 general election, I hope to go on to embody in grand narrative fashion who we are now as political beings in the light of our common and our personal political histories.”