The John Moores Painting Prize always marks a highlight on my exhibition calendar and for one main reason: its pure dedication to painting. This year is no different with an amazing line-up of painters. Some are from the North West, others are from further away. What binds them together is their love for
paint and storytelling.
Whatever the medium, material or subject there’s an indication of something special happening on its surface. Led by the current Turner Prize winner, the judges have selected a bright and eclectic roster of paintings – and I love it so much I could barely draw myself away.
The chosen winner is Jacqui Hallum with her abstract hanging painting ‘King and Queens of Wands’. She draws on imagery ranging from medieval woodcuts and leaded glass windows to tarot cards and Art Nouveau children’s book illustrations. Working across a number of loose cotton sheets, she stains and dyes them with inks (drawing ink, graffiti ink and squid ink) making her painting immediately identifiable and unique.
Here’s a visual round-up of the show…
On until 18th November
Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street