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Five Local-Born Artists in UK's Largest Painting Prize  
This year the jurors: (L-R) Ged Quinn, Alison Watt, Gary Hume, Goshka Macuga and Sir Norman Rosenthal.

LIVERPOOL.- Four Liverpool-born artists and one Chester-born artist have been selected to exhibit in the UK’s biggest painting prize.

The John Moores Painting Prize is entered anonymously and open to all UK-based artists working with paint. This year the jurors, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Gary Hume, Goshka Macuga, Ged Quinn and Alison Watt have selected 45 paintings from almost 3,000 entrants.

Forming a key part of the Liverpool Biennial the exhibition opens at the Walker Art Gallery on 18 September 2010 to 3 January 2011.

The Liverpool and Chester-born artists demonstrate very different styles and approaches to painting.

This year National Museums Liverpool staff were able to enter for the first time. Jason Thompson of the organisation’s object dusting team, has worked for NML for over 12 years and is the first staff member to be included in the exhibition.

Jason said: “As far as I am concerned the John Moores Painting Prize is the show I have always wanted to be in. To be chosen for it really means a lot to me as I'm sure it would to any painter.

“When I was growing up, the Walker Art Gallery was the only place I knew where I could go and see what I might have called "real" art. And when the John Moores was on, it was the only time I got to see contemporary paintings in the flesh.

“To have one of my paintings in the gallery, as part of a John Moores show, is to be part of a tradition and is just fantastic!”

Artist biographies

• "United in Different Guises XXXXIII" by Tim Ellis
Tim Ellis was born in Chester in 1981. He studied at Liverpool John Moores University 2000-03 and the Royal Academy Schools London 2006-09. He lives and works in London. Group shows include "The Last Gang in Town" Arena Gallery Liverpool 2006, "Premiums" Royal Academy of Arts London 2008, "Falling from an Apple Tree by Mistake" Wilde Gallery Berlin 2008, "New Sensations" A Foundation London 2009, "TAG: From 3 to 36. New London Painting" Brown Collective London 2010 and "Newspeak: British Art Now" Saatchi Gallery London 2010. His solo exhibition "A Foundation for Exchange" was at Primopiano Lugano Switzerland 2010.

• "Mountain Peaks" by Richard Harrison
Richard Harrison was born in Liverpool in 1954. He attended Cambridge University 1973-76 (History), The London College of Furniture 1981-83, and Chelsea School of Art London 1984-88 (painting). He lives and works in London. He featured in "Young Masters", selected by Brian Sewell for the Mail on Sunday The Solomon Gallery London 1987. London solo exhibitions include those at The Berkley Square Gallery 1989, "Paintings" Jill George Gallery 1993, shows at the Albemarle Gallery in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008 and most recently there, "Nothing Wasted" 2010. His triptych "Crucifixion: At The End... A Beginning" hangs in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.

• "Orange Paving" by Neal Jones
Neal Jones was born in Liverpool in 1969. He studied at Canterbury College of Art & Design 1989-92 and the Prince’s Drawing School London 2002-03. Since 2008 he has been an assistant to artist Tess Jaray. Solo exhibitions are "Look out" Tess Jaray’s shed London 2009, "New Paintings and Hand Made Things" L-13 London 2010. Other exhibitions include "Small is Beautiful" Flowers East London 2008, "Winter Salon" Temple Bar Gallery Dublin 2008, "Summer Exhibition" Royal Academy of Arts London 2009, "I am the good artist" (2 person) L-13 London. He was a prizewinner in John Moores 25 2008.

• "The Party "by Steven Proudfoot
Steve Proudfoot was born in Liverpool in 1950. He studied at Warrington College of Art 1969-70, Manchester Polytechnic 1971-75 (fine art) then Manchester School of Art 1976-78 (MA fashion & textiles). Whilst pursuing art in a variety of media he has worked in occupations including hospital porter and Head of Foundation at Bury College. His commissions include work for schools and churches in the North West. Group shows include "Patchings Open Art Competition" Patchings Art Centre Calverton Nottingham 2007 (ProArte Award prizewinner) and 2008 (Royal Talens Award prizewinner), "Waterside Open 2010" Waterside Arts Centre Sale (3rd prizewinner).

• "Refractions (Robert Hooke)" Jason Thompson
Jason Thompson was born in Liverpool in 1970 and currently lives and works there. He studied painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design both for his BA (1990-93) and MA (1993-94). He was shortlisted for the "Swiss Bank Corporation European Painting Prize" 1994. He has had works in several group shows including "TEN" Loop Gallery Liverpool (Liverpool Biennial) 2004 and "Overview" at Cornerstone Gallery Liverpool 2007.

The John Moores Painting Prize | Sir Norman Rosenthal | Gary Hume | Goshka Macuga | National Museums Liverpool | Jason Thompson |

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