Damian Taylor shortlisted for John Moores Painting Prize 2023

Damian Taylor’s painting Other Light is shortlisted from more than 3,000 entries for the John Moores Painting Prize 2023.

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. 

The 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.

The 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 65 years.

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.

Damian 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.

Other Light 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.

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