The John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition

Moloney, Donal (2015) The John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition. [Show/Exhibition]


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From George Orwell’s 'Animal Farm' to a statue of an assassinated politician, the sources of inspiration behind the paintings in this year's exhibition were varied and wide-ranging. Similarly diverse were the painting materials used by some of this year’s artists, from Plasticine on an altered book cover to acrylic on sheets of industrial aluminium foil.

A theme explored in a number of entries was the act of painting itself, with several works exploring the significance, challenges and value of this medium. Three of the exhibiting artists recently completed the Turps Art School correspondence course, designed specifically for painters.

Open to all painters in the UK, works for the exhibition were selected anonymously by an independent jury. The Prize continued to honour the principles of open submission and democratic selection.

We are also greatly honoured to display the dynamic prizewinning paintings from the John Moores Painting Prize China exhibition.

The John Moores Painting Prize is delivered in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust and is supported by our exhibition partner Weightmans.

The exhibition is part of Liverpool Biennial 2016 - a festival of newly commissioned contemporary art from around the world. It takes place from 9 July until 16 October across the city in public spaces, galleries and online.

The exhibition is world renowned as the exemplar survey of contemporary painting for the last 60 years. The exhibition itself was visited by over 70,000 people.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information and Comments: The painting ‘Cave Floor’ is an original artwork, exhibited as part of the world renowned John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition in 2016. The painting received the ‘Visitor’s Choice Award, and the exhibition was attended by over 70,000 people. A catalogue was published as part of this exhibition, which formed one of the key events of the Liverpool Biennial. The title of my painting in the John Moores Painting Prize was ‘Cave Floor’. This painting was derived from a practice based research project titled ‘Slippages between the picture plane and the painting surface. An analysis, through my paintings, of specular highlights, proximal spaces and the Lacanian gaze’. The aim of this pioneering practice-based research project was to examine how specular highlights and proximal spaces, when perceived through the Lacanian gaze, might confound our perception of Cartesian perspectivalism in representational painting. By analysing and mapping theoretical concerns that come from my painting ‘Cave Floor’ I investigated whether or not our perception of Cartesian perspectivalism could be somewhat confounded by specific visual characteristics such as the Lacanian Gaze perceived in what Norman Bryson termed ‘Proximal space’. I also investigated how overloading the viewer with an excessive use of specular highlights could disrupt underlying narratives within ‘Cave Floor’. This was be done by re-examining these theoretical concerns through my painting practice, forming what Dean and Smith have termed an ‘Iterative Cyclic Web’. The main outcome for ‘Cave Floor’ was being selected for the John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition 2016 at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. A catalogue was produced for the exhibition, containing an essay by Richard Davey highlighting my painting in his discussions. I also received the ‘John Moores Visitor’s Choice Award’, voted on my over 10,000 people. I was invited to stage a solo exhibition as part of the Liverpool Biennale, to coincide with the 2016 John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition, at ‘A Small View’ gallery. I delivered a talk at the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition on my practice and research as part of the Walker Art Gallery’s ‘Talk Tuesday’ programme. I was interviewed by ‘Art in Liverpool’ as part of their ‘featured artist’ video series. Publications: Bukantas, A (2016) John Moores Painting Prize Catalogue 2016, National Museums Liverpool. ISBN-10: 1902700554 John Moores Painting Prize 2016 Website Visitor’s Choice Award Lecture on my research and practice as part of the John Moores Painting Prize ‘Talk Tuesday’ series: Interview as part of’s Featured Artist series for Solo exhibition at ‘A Small View’; Gallery:
Keywords: contemporary painting, john moores painting prize, fine art
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Fine and Applied Art (up to 30th April 2018)
Depositing User: Donal Moloney
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2017 09:34
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 09:34

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