John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition

Wetin dey, a painting by MAFA artist Peter Davis has been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition. His painting will be shown at the Walker Art Gallery early next year.

This internationally renowned art prize is the UK’s most well known painting competition. It bringing together the best contemporary paintings from across the country. Supporting artists from all over the UK – whether they’re undiscovered, emerging or established in their careers – the prize provides a platform for artists to inspire, disrupt and challenge the British painting art scene today. Past winners include David Hockney, Euan Uglow, Peter Doig and Patrick Heron.

Being in this show means so much to me, probably more than any other painting exhibition. The first time I visited the JMPP was with my Mum when I was a teenager. I still remember that show vividly (it was the year Tim Head won with his painting ‘Cow Mutations’) and I’ve enjoyed going back to this fantastic biennial exhibition ever since.

Peter Davis

Selection and prizes

Only 67 paintings from nearly 3000 entries were selected by the jurors to be exhibited in the John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition at Walker Art Gallery in February. The jurors also carried out the first-ever online judging of the prizes. Using high spec cameras, screens, speakers and AV software the jurors were able to examine the scale, texture and detail of the artworks whilst also being able to talk to each other from their homes.

The names of the five prizewinning artists will be shared by Liverpool Museums just before the exhibition opens, with the first prize winner and the Emerging Artist Prize to be announced at the opening of the exhibition.

If you’d like to find out more about this year’s exhibiting artists go to the John Moore Painting Prize webpage. To see Peter Davis’ painting you can visit the exhibition for free. The exhibition runs from 12th February 2021 – 27th June 2021 at the Walker Art Gallery, William Brown St., Liverpool, L3 8EL. Find out more via Liverpool Museums website.


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