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John Moores Painting Prize 2010
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Baltes C, Braley J, Brierley GL, Burnstone D, Coffield D, Coyle E, Cuff T, Cumberland S, Davenport I, Ellis T, Evans G, Fearon A, Flood D, Fulford D, Georgeson M, Hamer C, Harper A, Harrison R, Holmwood S, Illingworth P, Johnson P, Jones N, Long J, McDonald E, Miller M, Mounsey M, Münster J, Nahaul C, Price N, Proudfoot S, Shah S, Shelton A, Sherlock G, Simpson M, Simson H, Smirnoff V, Smith IP, Swayne G, Thompson J, Ward C, Coventry K, Diggle P, Fox N, Middleton N, Sturgis D
Walker Art Gallery
18 September 2010 - 3 January 2011
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Nick Fox’s practice based research into themes of longing, loss and desire, has been disseminated through exhibitions, catalogues, an Artist Monograph, Art Magazine’s, newspapers, radio and live art projects, leading to an enhanced public awareness of and engagement with the traditions of painting on one hand, and with the subversions of this tradition on the other. Previous to this research cycle, Fox won the Jerwood Contemporary Painters Prize 2007 for his work “Parlour” a skin of paint draped over a period table. In this research cycle, his impact has followed this trajectory by being awarded a Prize in the prestigious and internationally recognised John Moores Contemporary Paining Prize 2010. Metatopia, from the Phantasieblume series was awarded a Prize in The John Moores Contemporary Painting prize 2010. (An Internationally significant survey of contemporary paintings, and part of the Liverpool biennial). During the impact period, it was extensively reviewed in print media and was launched with an illustrated catalogue with a feature page on the prizewinning artists and print merchandising. The exhibition was extensivley reviewed and received extensive local and national media interest with visitors numbers in excess of 51000. As a result of this Prize, Fox's work Metatopia will become part of the Walker Art Gallery permanent collection, National Museums Liverpool, and he has been invited to give a talk to about his paintings and research there in 2011.
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The prize winning painting "Metatopia" is from my Phantasieblume series, and gives an international significance to this body of work. "[The John Moores Painting Prize is] the Oscar of the British painting world" - Sir Norman Rosenthal, curator and former exhibitions secretary at the Royal Academy. First held in 1957, the John Moores Painting Prize is the UK's best-known painting competition and is named afterSir John Moores (1896 - 1993), the founder of the prize. The competition culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, which forms a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial. The 2010 exhibition featured 45 works, selected from around 3,000 submitted, features paintings with subjects on contemporary themes in society as well as contemporary approaches to painting. The were 5 Prizes awarded to the 45 exhibitors, Nick Fox's painting "Metatopia" from his Phantasieblume receiving one of the Main Prizes. The John Moores Painting Prize, launched in 1957, continues to be the UK's most prestigious painting prize. External corroborating sources; Websites: Walker Art Gallery, John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010 Prize winner page http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/johnmoores/jm2010/prizewinners/fox.aspx Liverpool Daily Post Review, 16th Sept 2010 http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/multimedia/biennial/images/2010/09/17/liverpool-biennial-john-moores-painting-prize-2010-92534-27285987/ A-N review, Katherine Woodfine http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/797660 “Of the prize-winning works, Nick Fox’s ‘Metatopia’ stands out – a dark, circular portal, revealing a troubled wasteland peopled by elusive, mythic figures. Referencing Rossetti and Burne-Jones, Fox here makes explicit the sexual subtexts that haunt pre-Raphaelite painting. Close by, this year’s first prize winner, Keith Coventry’s ‘Spectrum Jesus’ is a riff on the tradition of religious iconography; but this is an unexpected depiction of Jesus – anxious and alienated, depicted entirely in dark blue tones, kept behind a pane of reflective glass that both keeps us at a distance, and calls to mind holographic religious icons. “ John Moores review, Sandra Gibson: http://www.catalystmedia.org.uk/reviews/john_moores_2010.php “Nick Fox’s Metatopia (2009) interests because of its masterly use of glazes and ink on a circular panel, and its skilful creation of a landscape which has an oriental sense of spaciousness and restraint. It’s a mind space as well - imbued with a sense of melancholy yearning.”
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