As a highlight in any painters calendar you don’t need to look much further to see painting in all its glory. Once again it doesn’t fault disappoint, the standard and quality of shortlisted painters is quite remarkable and the Liverpool Biennial has another gem in its fold this year.
There is usually such a wide spectrum of subject matter on view but there seems to be a definite bend towards abstraction this time. Figurative art or traditional portraiture, as well as photorealism, apart from a handful don’t have a large presence. Varied use of canvas size, medium through to
compositional style and colour are all in abundance making it as eye-catching as possible with all the different formats.
I love the Painting Prize as there’s always something for everyone. What I like isn’t necessarily the case for the next person and that’s the beauty of painting. Expression is one of the purest forms of painting, and art as a whole, so it leads me to wonder at the huge potential that painting has to offer. The John Moores Painting Prize encapsulates this perfectly.
Here is a selection of images from the Walker Art Gallery who host the Painting Prize, and rather than tell you my favourites (immediately) I leave it to you to decide which ones ‘float your boat’… or not!
|Huge, bright, solid forms taking precedence|
|Dead people in coffins… maybe not your usual subject choice but its so gripping to look at|
|One of the largest paintings in the room – so inspiring by Laurence Owen|
|Not large in size but boy do they pack a colourful punch|
|Gabriella Boyd’s ‘Birthyard’ – One of 5 prizewinners|
|Karl Bielik ‘Sunday’ (my fave!!) I just love its composition|
|Very cool… by Gareth Kemp ‘This Could be Eastern Europe’|
|Such a fluid, haunting painting by Benjamin Jamie (another Prizewinner)|
|I just adore Emma Talbot’s work|
A series of ‘Talk Tuesday’ sessions are taking place throughout the Biennial where you can listen to the artists themselves and learn more about their practice.
On until 27th November
Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street
Liverpool, L3 8EL