Jury’s Minutes
COMEL Award ‘Vanna Migliorin’ – Contemporary Art 2013

On Monday, March 25th, 2013, at 12 am, at the Spazio COMEL of Latina, via Neghelli, the jury met in order to decide the winner of the second edition (first edition by public announcement) of the COMEL Award Contemporary Art ‘Vanna Migliorin’. There were Giorgio Agnisola and Agnes Martin. Gregorio Botta was absent, however he privately sent his preferences.
After a peaceful confrontation of opinions and a careful ‘rereading’ of the works, taking into account the views expressed by Gregorio Botta, the jury decided to appoint the COMEL Award ‘Vanna Migliorin’ 2013 to the English artist Tony Charles for the painting ‘Fettled Sign’, with the following motivation:

‘The work is characterized by a fine balance between the expression of signs and material suggestion, starting from an ordinary object of the industrial signage, on which the artist has intervened with gestural freedom and informal suggestion, stressing the lightness and the properties of aluminum, as in a metaphorical process of symbolic and spiritual regeneration’.
Tony Charles, Fettled Sign cm 125x125 - Pittura, alluminio, resina.

Emphasizing the high level of the selected works, the jury considered it appropriate to also assign four special mentions to other works, which resulted particularly interesting. Precisely the works of

  • Anna Carusi – Mercato
  • Robert Kunec – Fists
  • Venanzio Manciocchi – Resti di racconti
  • Fabrizio Sanna – Via Lattea

In conclusion, the jurors congratulated the promoters and organizers of the COMEL Award for the quality and seriousness of the initiative and formulated sincere wishes for the issues to come.

Read and signed on 25th March 2013.


Tony Charles 01Biography

Tony Charles lives and works in Middlesbrough (England), where along with other artists he founded the art gallery ‘Platform A’.
Former metalworker and expert in metal working, now he is dedicated exclusively to art. Industrial signals are his favourite pictorial supports and instead of the brush he uses a grinder to carve and polish steel and aluminum.
Surrounded by the gloomy weather of the north east of England and by the industrial pollution, he searches for light and beauty in the unusual material represented by the industrial signage and other objects related to this kind of environment.
His aesthetic achievement does not forget the human capital of the factories: the worker is the inspirational hero of his works.