Marcus Jansen winner of the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition 2010 (Artwork & Photograhy category)

Marcus Jansen, has been named as the winner of the Artwork & Photograhy category in the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition 2010. “This is quite unexpected. Anytime you enter a competition of this scale, it’s always interesting to know that anyone even notices your work much less selects it,” says Jansen.
Marcus Jansen
Aesthetica is a British-based art and culture publication that engages with contemporary art and culture both in the UK and internationally, combining dynamic content while exploring the best in emerging and established contemporary arts and design. Established in 2002, Aesthetica Magazine is stocked in WH Smith, prestigious locations such as Tate Modern, Serpentine and National Portrait Gallery, and in March 2008 the company added a second publication to its fold, the Aesthetica Annual.

The Aesthetica Creative Works Annual 2011 is available in galleries and independent retailers nationwide and will showcase the very best in new artistic and writing talent. The Annual has been comprised of the winning entries of the Aesthetica Annual Creative Works Competition, which received an astounding 4000 entries.

Now in its third year, the Competition attracts entries from across the world, and engages with 4000 writers and artists, providing them with the opportunity to showcase their work to Aesthetica’s readers, and Marcus Jansen who just showed at SCOPE Miami 2010 with great success and already has his work in important collections such as the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art as well as others, will enjoy additional international exposure having won their place among only 96 overall finalists.

With three categories for artwork, poetry and fiction, the Aesthetica Competition was judged by Cherie Federico, Creative Writing lecturer Dr Kate North, and writer and editor Rachel Hazelwood. Cherie Federico says: “I think I can speak for all the judges when I say that the entries were of an extremely high calibre. We actually had to extend the judging period for a week and a half because whittling the works down to a final 96 proved a huge deliberation, but it’s really encouraged me to continue championing new talent and encouraging creativity in everyone. There was huge potential in so many of the works which Rachel, Kate and myself saw and I would like to urge all the competition entrants to continue developing their considerable talents.”