The list of exhibitors in the John Moores Painting Prize, the UK’s most prestigious painting prize, is announced today.
With a reputation for spotting rising talent and predicting future stars, over 3,000 artists submitted work in the hope of achieving a coveted spot in the exhibition. 62 paintings were carefully selected by judges, Fiona Banner (artist), Iwona Blazwick (director of the Whitechapel), Angela de la Cruz (artist), George Shaw (artist) and Alan Yentob (creative director of the BBC), making it the largest John Moores in 25 years.
The exhibition opens at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool from 15 September 2012 to 6 January 2013, forming a major part of the Liverpool Biennial.
The winner of the esteemed first prize and £25,000, is announced on 14 September 2012.
John Moores Painting Prize 2012 exhibitors and works:
Eve Ackroyd Dead Man
Henny Acloque 277
Kelly Best That place between 11 and 12
Biggs & Collings The Greater Light
Katrina Blannin Pink
James Bloomfield Collateral Damage – The Killing Jar – 14.I.2012
Hannah Brown Time Hangs Heavy 3
Jane Bustin – sacrificed
– to veil
– pour voiler
Graham Chorlton Edge of Town
Wayne Clough Down the Acapulco
Julie Cockburn The Field
Paul Collinson Temple of Ancient Virtue
Andrew Cranston Thinking inside the box
Theo Cuff Untitled
Cullinan Richards Collapse into Abstract (black)
Bernat Daviu Overall Paintings
David Dipré Self Portrait on White Ground.
Nathan Eastwood A Man after Ilya Repin’s Own Heart
Liz Elton Twisted
Oscar Godfrey Mineral 9
Vincent Hawkins The House
Bé van der Heide In the Desert
Rae Hicks Late Summer Mirage
John Holland Home VII
Kevin Hutcheson Study
Jarik Jongman Waiting room (1)
Laura Keeble “I’d like to teach the world to sing!”
Robin Kirsten Path of Whistlers
Laura Lancaster Untitled
Brendan Lancaster Wet Casements
Ian Law M is many
Dominic Lewis The Auction
Peter Liversidge Proposal for the Jury of the John Moores Painting Prize 2012
Angela Lizoń Made in Taiwan
Elizabeth Magill Sighting
Danny Markey Traffic Island in the Snow
Enzo Marra Monet
Rui Matsunaga Monkey
Onya McCausland Iron Hill
Dougal McKenzie Otl’s Gift (The Honeymoon of the Mechanical Bride)
Damien Meade Talcum
Sonia Morange Poncho
Stephen Nicholas Gallery
Pat O’Connor Black
Jay Oliver Outside Toilet
Dan Perfect Future Sun
Oliver Perkins DEAD RUBBER
Virginia Phongsathorn Comma (Test Piece for an Eye Break)
Sarah Pickstone Stevie Smith and the Willow
Tom Pitt Steps, Forest Rec.
Kevin J Pocock Brutal Facade
Sarah Poots Plaza
Narbi Price Untitled Kerbstone Painting (MJK)
James Ryan Untitled
Andrew Seto Fruit Loop
André Stitt The Little Summer of St. Michael
Trevor Sutton Irish Painting (for Jack)
Emma Talbot The Good Terrorists
Amikam Toren Armchair Painting – Untitled (The Unthinkable)
Matt Welch Painting of IKEA shelf brackets arranged in such a way as to signify towards IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad’s involvement with Nazism and Swedish Nationalism, distracted by varying levels of perspectival depth, variations in colour and visually dominated by some form of unknown dark oval in the background
Ian Whittlesea Studio Painting – Agnes Martin
Thomas M Wright Inherent Omniscience (Second Version)
Described by 2010 judge, Sir Norman Rosenthal, as “the Oscars of the painting world”, previous winners of the John Moores are amongst some of the most influential British artists from the last 50 years. Including the likes of Jack Smith, Richard Hamilton, Mary Martin, David Hockney and Peter Doig, the latest to join this elite list was Keith Coventry who won first prize in 2010.
In 2011, Sir Peter Blake became the first patron of the John Moores Painting Prize. Sir Peter won the Junior Prize in 1961 with Self Portrait with Badges, and has described the achievement as the proudest of his career.
The five prize winners from the John Moores Painting Prize China 2012 will also be on display.
For more information on the prize and to watch the latest videos, featuring an interview with Alan Yentob go to: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/johnmooresFollow John Moores Painting Prize: