Brit artist Mark Leckey bags Turner Prize

December 2nd, 2008 - 5:17 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Dec 2 (ANI): British artist Mark Leckey has been awarded this years Turner Prize for his film that included cartoon characters like Homer Simpson.

Leckey earned the prize, which is contemporary art’’s most prestigious award, with his film that featured Felix the Cat and Garfield, and also showed him lecturing on his love of animation.

The film was part of a body of work that won the 44-year-old the 25,000 pounds prize, in a ceremony at London’’s Tate Britain museum hosted by Australian musician Nick Cave.

Its a big thrill. It’’s great to do something that has some kind of effect on British culture and it’’s part of British culture, quoted Leckey as saying.

He was the bookies favourite to win the accolade, given to a British artist, those working in Britain and born here, aged under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the previous year.

Leckey is professor of film studies at Stadelschule, a college in Frankfurt, and was a founding member of musical collectives Donateller and Jack too Jack.

Speaking about his work before the announcement, the artist revealed that he is fascinated by how flat images can become three-dimensional.

I want to transform my world and make it more so. Make it more of what it is, he added. (ANI)

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