Image Gallery: John Moores Painting Prize Preview

Posted on 11 June 2014 by Liverpool Biennial

Every Minute You Are Closer To Death © Hynek Martinec
Every Minute You Are Closer To Death © Hynek Martinec

Every Minute You Are Closer To Death © Hynek Martinec

The John Moores Painting Prize is the UK's biggest painting competition and has always been a key part of Liverpool Biennial. Dubbed the 'Oscars of the painting world', the competition returns once again to the Walker Art Gallery this year, bringing a fascinating array of approaches to one of art’s most traditional mediums.

The endurance of paint to both enable and inspire artists to create radical, beautiful and challenging work is evident throughout the exhibition. The mix is eclectic, with landscapes, portraits, abstract and sculptural works from 50 artists selected from more than 2,500 entrants. The exhibition opens on 5 July, with the ultimate first prize, sponsored by David M. Robinson, to be awarded in September 2014.

Past winners include David Hockney (1967), Mary Martin (1969), Peter Doig (1993) and most recently, Sarah Pickstone (2012).

Scroll down to enjoy our preview of some of this year's highlights and let us know which one is your favourite in the comments section below. 

Book © James Byrne

Chess Painting No. 21(Duchamp vs. Kostic, Nice, 1930) © Tom HackneySmall homes and big trees, Batley Carr © Tony Noble

Orange Sash © Barbara Howey (detail from a photograph by Jett Loe)

Small homes and big trees, Batley Carr © Tony Noble

People 69104 © Frank Pudney

Jessica © Alessandro Raho    

Find out more on www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/johnmoores and follow the John Moores Painting Prize team on Twittter @johnmoores2014

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