Saturday, September 08, 2012

John Moores Painting Prize 2012 - Shortlisted Artists

The artists shortlisted for The John Moores Painting Prize 2012 - the UK's biggest contemporary painting prize - have been announced.  They are - in alphabetical order

The Greater Light by Biggs & Collings
2012, oil on canvas, 203.5 x 203 cm
The Greater Light by Biggs & Collings.
A vast and intricate pattern forms a joint entry by married couple; Emma Biggs, who conceives the painting’s colour and broadcaster, Mathew Collings, who applies it. 
(More about Biggs & Collings)

M is many by Ian Law

2011, oil on linen, 232.7 x 276.2 cm
M is many by Ian Law
A large black letter 'M' takes up the whole canvas, delineating the space and confusing perspectives.
(More about Ian Law)

Gallery by Stephen Nicholas
2011, oil on canvas, 152 x 183 cm
Gallery by Stephen Nicholas
Part of a series of works, this eerie painting explores a number of dualities, including gallery/institution and abstraction/figuration.
(More about Stephen Nicholas)

Stevie Smith and the Willow by Sarah Pickstone.
2011, oil, enamel and acrylic on aluminium panel, 198.3 x 229 cm
Stevie Smith and the Willow by Sarah Pickstone
A haunting and delicate scene inspired by Smith's drawing to accompany her 1957 poem, Not Waving But Drowning.
(More about Sarah Pickstone)

Untitled Kerbstone Painting (MJK) by Narbi Price
2012, Acrylic on canvas, 91.5 x 122 cm
Untitled Kerbstone Painting (MJK) by Narbi Price
The worn yellow diamond patterns of the corner of a loading bay with the scuffed marks of activity on the walls and surfaces.
(More about Narbi Price)

The winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2012 will be announced by Sir Peter Blake next saturday on the opening day of the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art.

The 2012 judges are
  • Alan Yentob, creative director of the BBC; 
  • previous John Moores exhibitors and Turner Prize nominees, George Shaw and Angela de la Cruz; 
  • Merseyside-born YBA and Turner Prize nominee Fiona Banner, and 
  • director of the Whitechapel, Iwona Blazwick.