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John Moores 2018 prizewinners’ shortlist announced

22 June 2018 by Andrew

Shanti Panchal, The Divide Beyond Reasoning

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.

Billy Crosby, Quilt

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.

Tom Howse, The Thunderous Silence of Your Presence

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.

Joseph O’Rourke, GIANTS

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.

Jacqui Hallum, King and Queen of Wands

The Prize is showing as part of Liverpool Biennial 2018, the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK.

  1. Elizabeth Dent says:

    My personal choice would be ‘The Divide Beyond Reasoning’, because I find the composition more than satisfying, the craftsmanship impressive, and the title, combined with the image itself, intriguing. As always with this artist there is a palpable atmosphere about the relationship between the figures, which can keep you feeling involved each time you look at it, and this lasts for years, as I know by experience!
    PS I also like ‘The Quilt’ : the others are for me, just ordinary!

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