JOHN MOORES PAINTING PRIZE 2012 Shortlist Announced!

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
– sacrifiés
– 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: John Moores Painting Prize: