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50 years on- Sir Peter Blake recalls his proudest moment

24 January 2011 by Laura

People looking at slides

Judges from the 2006 John Moores, including Sir Peter Blake, look over the slide entries of that year

Sir Pete Blake has had a long and incredibly successful career,  but at the grand age of 78 he confirmed in today’s news that his proudest moment was not the iconic design of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album cover, but is actually still his win of the junior John Moores prize.

Blake won the competition with his entry ‘Self-portrait with Badges’, now in the Tate collection, while a young tutor at St. Martin’s College in 1961.

He returned to the prize as a judge along with Tracey Emin, Jason Brooks, Andrea Rose and Ann Bukantas in 2006.  Read more…

New Ged Quinn painting at the Walker

7 December 2010 by Lisa

Painting of a sunsent with a house floating in the sky

The new painting by artist Ged Quinn on loan from a private collection.

If you have been wandering around our 20th century and contemporary gallery recently, you may have noticed that our amazing ‘Liverpool Cityscape’ has disappeared! Don’t worry, it’s just on loan right now for the ‘Ben Johnson: Modern Perspectives’ exhibition at the National Gallery in London.

In the mean time we have an explosion of colour filling the wall, in the form of a new loan. This stunning landscape with quirky details is by Ged Quinn, the Liverpool-born artist and juror for the John Moores Painting Prize 2010. It’s called ‘The Exiled Forever Coming in to Land’ and was painted earlier this year. Ged was inspired by the American landscape artist Frederic Edwin Church and his work called ‘Twighlight in the Wilderness’. Read more…

Exclusive Gary Hume design could be yours…

1 December 2010 by Lisa

Have you seen the flowers on the cover of the Independent newspaper today? This beautiful image has been created by acclaimed artist and John Moores judge, Gary Hume to help raise awarness about World Aids Day. Elton John is involved in editing the paper today and as Gary is one of his favourite artists, it’s no surprise that he asked him to produce a piece of work for the cover.

Gary Hume enamel badge

This little piece of Gary Hume art could be yours!

Gary is also producing a limited edition of 100 prints of the front-page image, signed by the artist and Elton John, on sale for £1,000. But if your pockets are feeling the pinch, you can easily get your own piece of work by Gary Hume in the form of a lovely John Moores 2010 enamel badge! Read more…

Nicholas does the double!

25 November 2010 by Laura

Two men next to painting

(From L to R)Andrew Morris, director of Rathbones with winning artist Nicholas Middleton

Nicholas Middleton has won the John Moores Visitors’ Choice for a second time!

His painting ‘Protest, April 1st 2009’ definitely appealed to a particular mood amongst visitors to the exhibition. As one put it: “He has taken away the decoration and concentrated on the stark financial climate we live in.”

Most however were struck by Nicholas’ technical ability, with one visitor commenting: “The skill, detail and effort in the painting are amazing. To me it is a modern-day equivalent of the old 18th century masters.” Read more…

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…