Celebrating 60 years of the John Moores Painting Prize.
This is a special display celebrating 60 years of the John Moores Painting Prize, featuring prize winning paintings from 1957 onwards.
With paintings by artists including Jack Smith, Mary Martin, Peter Doig, Andrzej Jackowski, John Hoyland, Sarah Pickstone, Rose Wylie and Michael Simpson, you'll get the chance to look through some exciting key moments in British art.
The winning works reflect major trends over the last six decades, including ‘Kitchen Sink’ realism, abstraction, pop art and figuration.
King and Queen of Wands, the winning painting from the John Moores Painting Prize 2018, is now on display in this exhibition, to bring the story right up to date.
All of the artworks on show are from the Walker Art Gallery’s collection. They are a legacy of the John Moores Painting Prize exhibitions, which have been held at the gallery almost every two years since 1957.
As one of Britain’s first contemporary art prizes, the John Moores Painting Prize has always encouraged progressive artists and continues to embrace the best and most vital artwork being produced throughout the country.
Open to artists working in the UK, the paintings and the prize winners are selected by a different jury each year.