The five shortlisted paintings are Social Murder: Grenfell In Three
Parts by Nicholas Baldion, Light Industry by Graham Crowley, Stochastic
14 by Emily Kraus, Other Light by Damian Taylor and Champagne Cascade I
by Francisco Valdes.
shortlisted works are among 70 paintings to be shown in the John Moores
Painting Prize 2023 exhibition, at the Walker from 16 September 2023 to
25 February 2024.
first prize winner, to be announced on 14 September 2023, will receive
not only the £25,000 first prize, but also the honour of joining an
esteemed list of UK based painters who have won the Prize over the past
The winning painting will be acquired by the Walker Art
Gallery and join its world-class collection, while the artist will also
have a future solo display at the gallery. Each of the other shortlisted
artists will receive £2,500.
Taylor works in London, in a studio beside the River Thames. He studied
at Chelsea College of Art, followed by an MA at the Slade School of
Fine Art, and holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, where
he currently teaches. He has received fellowships from Oxford and Yale
and published in journals such as October, Oxford Art Journal, British
Art Studies, and Sculpture Journal.
is described as “something about time and something about light,”
and about unfixing historical attempts to fix things that are always in
motion. It explores layers and sedimentation—sedimentations of organic
life, rock, paint, time, along with painting and what it can be in a
world saturated with images on screens. The painting is about
photography and its history, magic and banality – and a little bit about
men explaining things to women.