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Painting History

23 November 2010 by Laura

One of the things I love most about the John Moores Painting Prize is the convincing way it demonstrates just how versatile painting is. In its 53 year history it has brought a wildly varied selection of paintings to our attention. It is not just the subject or themes of the images that differ but also the way the artists use the materials and the act of painting itself.

A talk by John Moores exhibitor Sigrid Holmwood last week was a fascinating insight into an artist whose dedication to detail and accuracy goes beyond the usual expectations. Read more…

John Moores catalogue signing session

19 November 2010 by Karen

You might have already seen that on Thursday night (25 November) the 2010 John Moores Painting Prize winner, Keith Coventry, will be discussing his work with previous juror and independent art critic Sacha Craddock.

Both Keith and Sacha have kindly agreed to do a signing session after the event. Keith will signing copies of the JM2010 catalogue, and Sacha will be signing copies of the 2008 exhibition catalogue in which she features as a juror. Catalogues cost £9.95 and £5 respectively. Read more…

People power for painting prize!

11 November 2010 by Laura

Visitor Choice cards

Thousands of visitors have already voted for their favourite painting.

There is only one week left to vote for your favourite painting in the John Moores Visitor’s Choice prize at the Walker Art Gallery.

Angela Samata, John Moores project manger, explains how tight the voting is at the moment: “This year we have 45 very different paintings for visitors to choose from. The quality and variety of paintings in the exhibition has ensured the votes are close and we have quite a task ahead of us to count them! We are grateful to Rathbones for sponsoring the Visitors’ Choice prize, which encourages intense debate and interest in contemporary painting”. Read more…

The Art of Protest

11 November 2010 by Laura

Artist talking infront of painting

Nicholas Middleton talks about his painting

Nicholas Middleton’s “Protest, April 1st 2009” has been a popular painting in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize. Visitors have been astonished by the level of accuracy and detail in the stunning photo-realist painting. As one visitor put it: “So alive! Can not believe it is a painting!”

The judges this year certainly also felt the painting stood out, making it one of the five prizewinners.

Nicholas came to the gallery on Wednesday to talk about his work and this painting in particular. I was really interested to hear that he had actually been at the protest and had taken the photograph himself. I had presumed it was a photograph he’d found but knowing he was there, and part of the crowds of people attempting to make their voices heard, gives an extra dimension to the work. Read more…

Win a signed John Moores catalogue

15 October 2010 by Karen

We’ve a few copies of the John Moores Painting Prize catalogue to give away in our latest competition. Each has been signed by the competition winner – Keith Coventry – and is a real collector’s item.

To be in with a chance of winning just answer this easy peasy question:

The 2010 catalogue features the five prize winners from another John Moores competition which is in its inaugural year. In which Chinese city did that competition take place?

Send us your answer with your name and address using this contact form. The deadline for entries is noon on Friday 29 October, 2010.

If you’re not lucky enough to win a copy, you can buy your own at our online shop.  Read more…

John Moores artist talks

13 October 2010 by Laura

Artist talks to audience in gallery

Artist Steve Proudfoot discusses his work in exhibition

Liverpool-artist Steve Proudfoot launched a programme of artist talks in the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition today.

Talking about his popular painting ‘The Party‘ Steve told his audience that a main source of inspiration was the 60’s artist Gerhard Richter. He also discussed how he conceived and created the painting, as well as giving an idea of his career to date.

The audience were fascinated to learn that this was the first time Steve had entered the competition. John Moores project manager, Angela Samata, revealed more about how the selection process works and even reminisced on the discussion the judges had over ‘The Party’ and how they came to a unanimous decision to include it in the exhibition. Read more…

John Moores news roundup!

5 October 2010 by Lisa

Well, we’ve barely had time to recover from the excitement of Keith Coventry winning the John Moores Painting Prize and it’s now time to get excited about another prizewinner!

Voting for the coveted ‘Visitors’ Choice Award’ is now open, which means that you get to tell us which painting is your favourite. Pick up a voting card in the gallery once you’ve seen the exhibition and cast your vote in the box provided by 18 November 2010. If you vote, you will be put into our prize draw for the chance to win a dinner for two courtesy of the Radisson. The artist with the most votes will win £2010 and the winner will be announced on 25 November 2010. Read more…

And the winner is… (2)

17 September 2010 by Lisa

Man standing next to a blue portrait painting

The winner of the £25,000 prize!

The announcement of the winner of John Moores 2010 was made last night by acclaimed painter and competition judge, Alison Watt to a rapturous response by the private view audience and the press. Described by fellow judge, Sir Norman Rosenthal, as the ‘Oscar of the British painting world’ the John Moores Painting Prize was awarded to Keith Coventry for his painting ‘Spectrum Jesus’. This haunting portrait in shades of dark blue invites you to get up close so you can peer into its dark depths! Read more…

Eyes on the prize

15 September 2010 by Lisa

Man being photographed

Peter McDonald was the last winner. Who will be in the limelight this year?

It’s official: I’m giddy with excitement as tomorrow I will be part of making history!

For the first time in its 53 year history, the announcement of the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize will be broadcast live on the internet. It means that this usually exclusive event will be open to all – so why not throw your own private view at home, just add friends and canapés! 

I’ll be there with my laptop making sure it is broadcasting for you on time, so see if you can spot our judges Alison Watt, Gary Hume, Goshka Macuga, Ged Quinn and Sir Norman Rosenthal as they attend this exciting opening event. Read more…

All ready for the Liverpool Biennial!

14 September 2010 by Lisa

Detail of a brightly coloured oil painting

Detail of ‘For Your Pleasure’ by Philip Diggle, one of the 45 shortlisted artists for the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition.

We have a wealth of exciting art on display for you during the LiverpolBiennial from Saturday 18 September – 28 November 2010. Most exhibitions will be on show at the Walker Art Gallery. With everything from full exhibtions of contemporary paintings to individual video installation pieces, you can explore a variety of mediums that make up contemporary art today.

All the following exhibtions and one-off pieces will be on show during the Biennial and some will continue beyond this period: Read more…

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