The Brit Awards 2023 trophy design was entrusted to London-based, Nigeria-born artist Slawn. Because the design is revealed forward of the 11 February 2023 occasion – with such famend predecessors as Vivienne Westwood, Zaha Hadid and, most not too long ago, Yinka Ilori and Es Devlin – the creation marks an iconic second within the 22-year-old’s profession.
Already throughout his few, high-impact years within the arts, Slawn has collaborated with Virgil Abloh on 9EN, a Lagos-based skate collective, in addition to a capsule assortment with British rapper Skepta for American clothes model Denim Tears.
Brit Awards 2023: a celebration of British tradition
The annual celebration of British tradition, which has been recognising musicians since 1977, has been introducing artists, stylists and designers to guide its annual interpretation of the awards trophies since 2011. The awards comprise 12 classes and spotlight albums, newcomers and genres within the music business, with this 12 months’s ceremony resulting from be held on 11 February on the O2 Enviornment, London.
Slawn’s designs are created from bronze and have a three-part array of facial contortions. The virtually-ironic figures respectively signify alternative, gratitude and celebration and conceptually embody the phrase ‘hats off to you’. The metallic designs see Slawn deviate from his normal vibrant, spray-painted and difficult artworks, not solely in medium and tone, however by having the figures maintain their helmets of their palms. ‘My resolution to take away the helmet from the award is my manner of thanking The Brits for offering me with this chance,’ he explains.
The three-part facet of the design permits a variety of inspirations to be included; Slawn nods to his upbringing in Lagos in using bronze, the fabric holding a nostalgic hyperlink to the statues he grew up round.
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