Thoughts from juror Valeria Napoleone

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Our judging process is now completed after much debate and hard work from our jurors. We are keeping the final list of 100 painters closely under wraps before our book is ready next year, but all the finalists have now been contacted. We wish them many congratulations, as well as extending our thanks again to all those artists who applied.

One of our jurors, Valeria Napoleone, gives us her insight into the experience of judging the many submissions from around the world:

‘Being a juror for 100 Painters of Tomorrow has been a wonderful, eye-opening journey into the incredible diversity of painting today – in geographical origins, generations, practices, approaches and aesthetics. The selection process for the publication has been very democratic and did not impose any hierarchy: there was no emphasis on gallery representation, age or nationality. I found this openness refreshing. It has been a far-reaching journey well beyond the gallery system. Even more refreshing was that the majority of artists are new to me and many are not represented by a commercial gallery. It was a real joy to spend time studying the work of these exciting new talents.’