Meet the Finalists of the 2024 Frieze Los Angeles Impact Prize

Launched with Endeavor Impact, and presented in partnership with the Center for Art & Advocacy, the 2024 prize has three finalists—Jared Owens, Beverly Price and Gary Tyler. They discuss their work and the importance of recognition for artists marginalized by incarceration

in Frieze Los Angeles , Interviews | 01 MAR 24
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Jared Owens might be speaking for all the finalists of the 2024 Frieze Impact Prize when he says in this video, “The role the artist plays in ending mass incarceration is in making the invisible visible.” Owens, along with fellow finalists Beverly Price and Gary Tyler, spent years in prison and now uses his works to address societal attitudes toward the formerly incarcerated. Through very different creative practices, the three artists probe the genesis, reality and aftermath of jail. Price combines “photography and psychology,” often investigating Black communities from the viewpoint of children in her work. Owens’s large-scale canvases are literally imbued with the prison experience (he uses soil from the penitentiary where he was locked up in his paintings). Tyler began making quilts while working in a prison hospice for the terminally ill during his 42 years incarcerated. He says of his work: “As I got into it, I realized it gave me a purpose in life.”

Watch the video for more of their stories and the importance of the Frieze Impact Prize on their artistic careers.

About the Frieze Impact Prize

This year marks the third iteration of the Frieze Impact Prize, presented by Frieze and Endeavor Impact in partnership with the Center for Art & Advocacy. The prize recognizes an artist who has made a significant impact on society with their work, and the opportunity to present a solo project at Frieze Los Angeles 2024, and receive $25,000. The prize was inspired by Mark Bradford’s Life Size (2019) at the first edition of Frieze Los Angeles. Posters across the city and a large-scale billboard at Paramount Studios displayed the image of a police body camera isolated on a white background, which was sold as a limited-run 3D print series benefiting the Art for Justice Fund. The Impact Prize debuted at Frieze Los Angeles 2022 in collaboration with that organization, with works on view by inaugural recipients Mary Baxter, Maria Gaspar and Dread Scott. 

Impact Prize, Narsiso Martinez. Frieze Los Angeles 2023. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh. Courtesy Casey Kelbaugh and Frieze
Narsiso Martinez, Sin Bandana, Impact Prize, Frieze Los Angeles 2023. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh. Courtesy Casey Kelbaugh and Frieze

Last year, the award was presented in partnership with Define American, a culture-change nonprofit that focuses on narratives surrounding immigration. At Frieze Los Angeles 2023, California-based winner Narsiso Martinez presented Sin Bandana, a series of 12 charcoal portraits of migrant farm workers on discarded produce boxes from grocery stores.

Further Information

Frieze Los Angeles is at Santa Monica Airport, February 29–March 3, 2024.


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