The five prizewinning paintings shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 have been announced. One of them, selected from more than 2,700 entries, will be chosen as the overall winner of the £25,000 first prize.
The shortlisted works are among the 60 paintings to be exhibited in the John Moores Painting Prize 2018, which opens 14 July to 18 November at the Walker Art Gallery. The 2018 show celebrates 60 years of the John Moores Painting Prize; making it Britain’s longest running painting competition.
The five shortlisted paintings are: Quilt by Billy Crosby; King and Queen of Wands by Jacqui Hallum; The Thunderous Silence of Your Presence by Tom Howse; GIANTS by Joseph O’Rourke and The Divide, Beyond Reasoning by Shanti Panchal.
The paintings were judged anonymously by an esteemed panel of jurors including the artists Monster Chetwynd, Lubaina Himid CBE, Bruce McLean and Liu Xiaodong, and curator Jenni Lomax. The first prize winner will join the revered John Moores Painting Prize alumni, including David Hockney, Mary Martin, Peter Doig, Keith Coventry, Sarah Pickstone, Rose Wylie and Michael Simpson, among others.
Artist and juror Lubaina Himid CBE said:
One of the most striking things about this year’s John Moores Painting Prize shortlist is that all five artists are obviously deeply passionate, not only about the hard-won process of painting itself, but more importantly for me, about what a painting can do when presented in a meaningful conversation with an audience.
We have chosen works which seem to want to engage in many different ways – sometimes challenging and provoking, sometimes so bold they almost caused us to laugh out loud. And yet in amongst these predominantly large-scale, striking works, there are still and gentle moments which seem to overwhelm us with their strength.
The Prize is showing as part of Liverpool Biennial 2018, the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK.
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