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Alea Hurst

Savannah College of Art and Design

St. Sebastian
pen and ink on paper with gold leaf


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

St. Sebastian is a modern take on the iconography associated with the Catholic saints who are prominent in art history. I created a version, with a twist, of what these saints might look like if they existed today.

How do you describe your work and practice?

I explore figurative art through both traditional and experimental techniques to push the boundaries of what is possible and to explore ideas of identity.

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

As a figurative artist, I thought why not apply and see what happens. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity if chosen.

What themes regularly resurface?

Themes of identity, personality and the bridging of ideas from the past with those from the present recur in both my drawings and paintings.