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David Ntephe

Maryland Institute College of Art

acrylic on wood


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

My piece is an expressionist, pointillistic self-portrait. The pattern is meant to be a documentation of a meditative exercise that served as a self-soothing practice during a depressive episode.

How do you describe your work and practice?

My work is inspired by Neo-Expressionism, which has typically taken a formalist approach but has become more political recently.

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

A professor encouraged me to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize, and I decided it was a unique opportunity to be more proactive in putting my work in public settings and in starting my career as an artist.

What themes regularly resurface?

Distortion and/or disruption of the body and body parts, as seen in the right eye of Self-Portrait, are recurring visual motifs in my works.