Artist Thomas Broadbent of Brooklyn has won the 2016 New York PULSE Prize for his solo presentation at PULSE New York 2016, announced the art fair today. Broadbent wins a $2,500 cash grant for the award that makes note of an artist of distinction presented in the art fair. Broadbent's work is represented by Front Room Gallery of Brooklyn. His work was chosen from a pool of 14 PULSE Prize nominees.

“The PRIZE is an important part of PULSE as it echoes our commitment to artistic practice by recognizing exceptional talent and by awarding a cash grant directly to the artist,” stated Helen Toomer, Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, in the announcement.

Broadbent’s lunar imagery on view is an exploration of scale and spatial relations both by subject and formal considerations. Bringing lightness to an optically black environment, Broadbent inverts the darkness of outer space through his use of stark white paper and delicate watercolor renderings. His subjects are repositioned, floating amongst a white field, bringing celestial objects into a more intimate viewing space. His work nea Toutatis mimics the color and scale of a real “Near Earth Asteroid” while his floating Spaceman explores themes of fragility and loneliness in the human condition.


Thomas Broadbent installation presented by Front Room Gallery at PULSE New York. PULSE New York art fair.

Thomas Broadbent installation presented by Front Room Gallery at PULSE New York. Courtesy PULSE New York art fair.


Broadbent's art includes contemporary realism paintings as well as large-scale conceptual public installations. To see his art, click here for the artist's website or here for the Front Room Gallery's website.

The jury for the New York PULSE Prize included Anthony Haden-Guest, art writer and artist; Matthew Israel, Artsy Curator at Large; Larry Ossei-Mensah, Curator and ARTNOIR Co-Founder, and Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-chief.

Nominees included Isidro Blasco (Black & White Gallery), Jaq Chartier (William Baczek Fine Arts), Lars van Dooren (Honey Ramka), Oliver Dorfer (Hilger NEXT), Tony Gum (Christopher Moller Gallery), Sergei Isupov (Ferrin Contemporary), Brookhart Jonquil (Emerson Dorsch), Ryan McGinness (Lower East Side Printshop), Ciro Quintana (Acacia Gallery), Yumi Janairo Roth (Sienna Patti), Hiba Schahbaz (Thierry Goldberg Gallery), Sue Williams A'Court (bo.lee gallery) and Bradley Wood (SIM SMITH GALLERY).

Prior winners of the PULSE Prize, awarded at both its Miami and New York editions, include multi-disciplinary artist Trong Gia Nguyen (2015 PULSE Miami Beach winner). Click here for the full list of winners in Miami and New York since the Prize originated in 2006.


BASIC FACTS: PULSE New York is held March  3 - 6, 2016 at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011. Fair hours are Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair presents contemporary art from 45 galleries set on four continents. Admission is $25 or $40 for a multi-day pass and $15 for students and seniors.


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