Graduate News: Mohammed Sami wins Hottinger Prize for Excellence 2019

Fine Art graduate Mohammed Sami Al Amili was awarded the annual Hottinger Prize for Excellence – the award, now in its second year, aims to support emerging artists in the regions in which the Hottinger works.

Mohammed trained in fine arts in Baghdad before attending Ulster University, going on to graduate from MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths in 2018. Mohammed’s work uses painting to explore the anecdotes of personal memory.

“I was very pleased to receive this award, particularly given the standard of the other artists. I am looking forward to seeing my work displayed by Hottinger.”

His piece ‘Unedited Still Life’ has been purchased for the Hottinger collection.

The award was presented by Alastair Hunter, Hottinger board member and Chairman of Hottinger Art Collections, on Tuesday, 8 January 2018 at the Mall Galleries, London.


Alastair said: “We were delighted to award the Hottinger Prize for Excellence to Mohammed Sami. Whilst the standard of competition was incredibly high and diverse stylistically, his work stood out as both evocative and of the highest technical quality.

The team at Hottinger passionately believes in supporting talented individuals in the art world to give them the early recognition they richly deserve.”

We are very proud to be the custodians and owners of Mohammed’s wonderful exhibit and very much look forward to seeing what he does next.”

More about The Hottinger Prize for Excellence

The Hottinger Prize for Excellence was first awarded in January 2018 to Glasgow School of Art graduate Hannah Mooney, who will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Scottish Gallery in 2019. The Prize is a purchase prize, with the winner’s work added to Hottinger’s collection.