John Moores Painting Prize 2016 – 54 Artists Announced

Blue Drift, 2015, Graham Crowley
Blue Drift, 2015, Graham Crowley


Paintings by 54 selected artists will be exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery has announced the names of the artists whose works will be showcased in the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 exhibition, which will be held at the Gallery from Saturday 9 July to Sunday 27 November 2016. The 54 works listed have been selected from more than 2,500 entries.

From George Orwell’s Animal Farm to a statue of an assassinated politician, the sources of inspiration behind the paintings are varied and wide-ranging. Similarly diverse are the painting materials utilised by some of this year’s artists, from Plasticine on an altered book cover to acrylic on sheets of industrial aluminium foil.

An overarching theme which is explored within a number of entries is the act of painting itself, with several works exploring the significance, challenges and value of this medium. Three of the exhibiting artists are undergoing or have recently completed the Turps Art School correspondence course, designed specifically for painters.

Sandra Penketh, Director of Art Galleries at National Museums Liverpool, said: “The 2016 list of exhibiting artists represents a diverse and exciting selection of paintings, and there is an especially vibrant use of colour in this year’s selection. We also see many artists addressing the topical issues facing our world today, touching on subjects such as migration.

“A number of the artists represented are of a non-UK origin, bringing a strong international feel to the show. Visitors to the exhibition might also recognise works by some returning artists, including ex-juror and previous prize winner Graham Crowley, and multiple Visitors’ Choice winner, Nicholas Middleton.”

The entries have been judged anonymously by an esteemed panel of jury members, who represent an international cross-section of influential voices from the art world. The jury members are the artists Gillian Carnegie, Ansel Krut, Phoebe Unwin and Ding Yi, and the author and freelance curator Rev’d Dr Richard Henry Davey.

From the selected artists, four painters will be awarded prizes of £2,500, while the overall winner will receive a prize of £25,000. The names of the five shortlisted prize winners will be announced in June 2016, with the first prize winner being revealed on 7 July 2016.

Visitors to the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition this year will be invited to vote for their favourite painting to win the popular Visitors’ Choice Award, sponsored by Rathbones. The winning artist will receive £2,016.

The John Moores Painting Prize exhibition will also showcase the five prize-winning works from the John Moores Painting Prize China 2016. Now in its fourth year, the prize aims to promote talent and bring greater global recognition to Chinese contemporary painting.

Ding Yi, juror for the John Moores Painting Prize 2016, was also a juror for the John Moores Painting Prize China in 2012. His experience of judging works for both prizes has allowed him to compare and contrast the different themes presented by artists shortlisted for each prize.

Ding Yi said: “As a judge, I can see the diversity of expressive form and language from both the UK and China competitions. They all use their own particular points of view to express the cultural proposition and social landscape, but the focus remains a bit different. British artists pay more attention to historical clues and symbolic space, and Chinese artists focus more on the present reality and individual experience.”

Established in 1957, the internationally-renowned prize, organised in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust, has championed contemporary British painting for almost 60 years; more than two decades longer than any other art prize of its scale.

Past winners of the John Moores Painting Prize include David Hockney (1967), Mary Martin (1969), Peter Doig (1993), Keith Coventry (2010) and Sarah Pickstone (2012). Sir Peter Blake, winner of the junior prize in 1961, is Patron of the prize. The winner of the prestigious first prize in 2014 was Rose Wylie with her striking work, PV Windows and Floorboards.

The John Moores Painting Prize is organised in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust and is supported by its exhibition partner Weightmans. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue. All works featured in the exhibition will be available to purchase.

The exhibition is presented during Liverpool Biennial 2016, a festival of newly commissioned contemporary art from around the world. It takes place from 9 July until 16 October across the city in public spaces, galleries and online.

The artists whose work will feature in the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 exhibition, in alphabetical order, are:

Aghbashian, Talar                                                   Untitled
Barlow, Tristan                                                         Truckstop Swamp
Bielik, Karl                                                                Sunday
Boyd, Gabriella                                                        Birthyard
Brown, Julian                                                            A Fairytale of Gdansk
Bungey, Nici                                                             The Expiring Frog
Charnley, Bernard                                                    When the stars threw down their spears
Cockburn, Julie                                                        The Playground
Collins, James                                                          Floyd
Cossey, Gemma                                                      Halves II (Continuum)
Cove, Ben                                                                 Freeloader
Crowley, Graham                                                     Blue Drift
Dick, William                                                            OLDAL II
Dwyer, Sarah                                                            Potrero
Easton, Bella                                                            Passageways
Fogarty, Róisín                                                         Goofy Foot
Ginsborg, Michael                                                    From Package to Picture
Goodden, Juliet                                                        Kedleston Road
Goodger, Steph                                                        Les Non-Réclamés (The Unclaimed)
Hanlon, Christopher                                                 Untitled
Hemmersbach, Linda                                              January
Hobson, Thom Trojanowski                                     It’s a Circus Out There
Hoffecker, Ira                                                            Camp Moschendorf II
Jamie, Benjamin                                                      Dissolver
Jenner, Benjamin                                                     Flicker 3
Kemp, Gareth                                                          This Could be Eastern Europe
Kulkarni, Nicholas                                                    Untitled
Lloyd-Jones, George                                               Round Tables (2)
Marra, Enzo                                                              Invigilator (John Virtue)
Marshall, Lee                                                            Midnight I
Mehta, Sneh                                                             Him & Her
Middleton, Nicholas                                                Figures in an Arch
Milner, Nancy                                                           Untitled
Minoprio, Frank                                                       Field Myth
Moberly, Steve                                                         If I called this painting ‘List’ would you read it as such?
Moloney, Donal                                                        Cave Floor
Murphy, David                                                          Long Ending (Green)
Murray, Ewan                                                           Couple
Owen, Laurence                                                      Ritual to the Westfield
Parlour, Selma                                                         One, The Side-ness of In-Out
Payne, Mandy                                                          NO BALL GAMES HERE
playpaint                                                                   Double Science Fiction
Rennie, Alex                                                             Totem
Renshaw, Tim                                                           Notebook Architecture
Sánchez, Lizi                                                            I I I I I
Shaan, Syed                                                             Foster
Simpson, Michael                                                    Squint (19)
Stark, John                                                                Beasts of England II
Swann, Duncan                                                         I choose the child
Talbot, Emma                                                            You Come To Me In A Dream
Warr, Julia                                                                  “Where do we come from? Where are we going?”
Webb, Richard Kenton                                            The Landscape as Discourse                     
Williams, Simon                                                        A bout portant
Wood, Mary                                                               Series 15 Cerulean 2
Artist Ben Cove (1974-2016) sadly passed away on 16 March 2016 following a short illness.

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