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Talk Tuesday: Looking North artist Jason Thompson

27 January 2017 by Scott Smith

Artist Jason Thompson with his work in the Looking North exhibition

Artist Jason Thompson with his works in the Looking North exhibition.

Jason Thompson is one of the artists featured in Looking North, a new exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery that presents work by artists from the North-West of England.

Jason was born in Liverpool and still lives and works there. He studied painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design London both for his BA (1990-93) and MA (1993-94). Jason currently works for National Museums Liverpool and is based at the Walker Art Gallery.

We caught up with him to find out more about how he works, ahead of his Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 31st January… Read more…

Talk Tuesday: Looking North artist Mary Griffiths

6 January 2017 by Scott Smith

Looking North artist Mary Griffiths in front of her artworks

Artist Mary Griffiths in front of her artworks.

Mary Griffiths is one of the artists featured in Looking North, a new exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery that presents work by artists from the North-West of England.

Mary is from the Wirral and lives in Manchester. She graduated from the MA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art in 2009 and is now Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Whitworth, Manchester.

We caught up with her to find out more about how she works, ahead of her ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 10th January… Read more…

The mysterious Master of Frankfurt

22 December 2016 by Scott Smith

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‘The Holy Family with Music Making Angels’ by the Master of Frankfurt

‘The Holy Family with Music Making Angels’ by the mysterious ‘Master of Frankfurt’ is one of the many glorious 16th century paintings in the Walker Art Gallery’s collection. Whilst undertaking restoration of the painting, our conservator David Crombie discovered that the anonymous painter may have left more of himself in the painting than he realised…

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JM2016: Why paint?

29 November 2016 by Scott Smith

Visitor walking past paintings in the JM2016 exhibitionVisited by over 70,000 people, this year’s John Moores Painting Prize has been the most popular since the prize was launched. They key, it seems, was a sheer love of painting…
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JM2016 artist Ben Cove, as remembered by his sister

11 November 2016 by Scott Smith

Freeloader by Ben Cove

Freeloader by Ben Cove

Ben Cove was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with his painting, ‘Freeloader’.

Tragically, Ben passed away unexpectedly after a short illness during the JM2016 selection process.

His sister, Melanie Cove will be speaking about her brother’s work at our special Talk Tuesday event on 15 November. We caught up with Melanie ahead of her talk to find out about her brother’s attraction to painting and his influences….

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Artist blog: John Moores 2016 artist, Julia Warr

2 November 2016 by Scott Smith

Where do we come from? Where are we going? by Julia Warr

“Where do we come from? Where are we going?” by Julia Warr

Julia Warr was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘Where do we come from? Where are we going?’

Julia utilities grids in her work to create an essence of what she calls ‘realistic fiction’.

We caught up with her to find out more about her art and how she works…

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Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Mandy Payne

26 October 2016 by Scott Smith

Mandy Pane next to her painting 'No Ball Games Here'

Mandy Payne next to her painting ‘No Ball Games Here’

Mandy Payne was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘No Ball Games Here’.

Mandy’s work is inspired by landscapes, particularly the urban and edge-land areas of Sheffield where she lives. Her painting ‘No Ball Games Here’ depicts Park Hill, the Grade II* listed Sheffield council estate and one of Britain’s largest examples of Brutalist architecture.

We caught up with her to find out more about how she works, ahead of her ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 1st November

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Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Sneh Mehta

20 October 2016 by Scott Smith

Sneh Mehta standing next to her work 'Him & Her'

Sneh Mehta standing next to her painting ‘Him & Her’

Sneh Mehta was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘Him & Her’.

Mehta’s acrylic painting shows two heads whose features are bound and hidden, creating a stifling effect.

We caught up with her to find out more about how she works, ahead of her ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 25th October

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Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Emma Talbot

11 October 2016 by Scott Smith

Emma Talbot's 'You Come To Me In A Dream'

Emma Talbot, ‘You Come To Me In A Dream’

Emma Talbot was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘You come to me in a dream’.

Talbot’s freehand paintings recount her own real life experiences and promote an eerie, supernatural thrill.

We caught up with her to find out more about how she works, ahead of her ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 18th October

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Pre-Raphaelite women – fashion inspirations

10 October 2016 by Scott Smith

A visitor who looks like a Pre-Raphaelite looking at Pre-Raphaelite paintings

A visitor finds her inspiration in a Pre-Raphaelite painting from the Lady Lever collection!

Why not come and see some of the original fashion pioneers – the women of the Pre-Raphaelites in Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever and Sudley House. Read more…



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