Rose Wylie, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist- guest blog

14 August 2014 by Laura

Woman and painting

Rose Wylie with her shortlisted work ‘PV Windows and Floorboards’

In the second of our series of posts by the shortlisted artists for the John Moores Painting Prize, Rose Wylie gives us an insight into her studio and working methods.

You can catch Rose discussing her work in a free gallery talk on Tuesday 19 August. Check the website for more details on the FREE events programme and talks by the other shortlisted artists.

The winner of the first prize is announced on 19 September.



What made you enter the John Moores Painting Prize?
I’ve sent into the John Moores as often as it comes up – I’ve always felt very happy about it – it’s a painting only show;  this gives it a special place. I count that.

How does it feel to be one of the shortlisted artists?
Very exciting. The John Moores has a good feel to it; all artists like it, and the selectors are artists, but you are often chucked out. And Liverpool feels good, it has its Tate, and its potatoes, and it’s twinned with Cologne. I’ve just been looking again at Sigmar Polke (I’ve got a great catalogue from Tate Liverpool 1995)

Do you have a favourite John Moores winner?
Hard to choose. Lisa Milroy’s clarity, and ‘homage’ to handles, perhaps. Peter Doig perhaps….

Are art prizes important?
Yes, they give colour, punctuation, something to try for every year, or, as well, every other year.  And the prize money would make you feel terrific, as well as being a fantastic help if you’ve got something you really need it for.

Why paint?
I often wonder, since decisions are terrible, endlessly difficult; and painting is nothing else. But it’s also exciting …. out on its own!  It makes you feel there’s a point to being alive; and that you’re doing something that’s real.

Tell us about your studio space
No specific needs, except enough space to work, and windows. A studio is a place to keep working in, and leave things about how you like and in the order you like, which for me is so I can see stuff on-going. I like chronological pile-up and using the floor.

It’s completely ordered – ordered by how I use it. Not sure, though, if the man-at –the-bus-stop would agree.

I like being in it.

Do you have a routine?

Do you listen to anything when you paint?
No, it would be pointless. I don’t hear anything when I’m working, it’s about exclusion. I don’t like to have someone else’s feel or work around in the studio. I mean it’s all about what I’m trying to do.

  1. Anne Jones says:

    I and two friends were fascinated to listen to Rose……her appearance, her voice, her answers to questions and of course her painting. These talks are such a great idea as it gives the public an intimate experience with a contemporary artist. I imagined what she must have looked like as an “early Punk” when she described her ‘look’ to me.

    • Angela, Project Manager John Moores Painting Prize 2014 says:

      Thanks for your comment Anne. Really glad you found our Q & A so informative. I enjoyed asking Rose the questions and I was really surprised at some of her answers! Afterwards I asked if we could see some pictures of her as an ‘early punk’. Watch this space!

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