Jury for John Moores 2014
Tim Marlow was Director of Exhibitions at White Cube from 2003-14 and earlier this year became Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts. Over the last decade, he has worked with some of the most important and influential artists of our time including Chuck Close, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer and Doris Salcedo. He is also an award-winning radio and television broadcaster and has presented over 100 documentaries on British television. Tim was the founder editor of Tate magazine and is the author of numerous books and catalogues. He has lectured on art and culture in more than 40 countries.
Photography: Marcus Leith, London
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a London-born artist of Ghanaian descent. A painter, her imaginary scenes populated by invented people prompt questions of how we interpret paintings. Yiadom-Boakye was an exhibitor in the John Moores Painting Prize in 2004. She was nominated for the 2013 Turner Prize and was the first black woman to be shortlisted in the competition’s history. Recent exhibitions include the New Museum Triennial, New York, in 2012, and a major solo show, Extracts and Verses, at Chisenhale Gallery, London, also 2102. She exhibited in the 2013 Venice Biennale, where she won the Future Generation Art Prize. Her most recent solo exhibition was this year at Yale School of Art’s 32 Edgewood Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, and she will have a solo show at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, in autumn 2014. She is represented by Corvi Mora in London and Jack Shainman Gallery.
ZENG Fanzhi Studio
Zeng Fanzhi was born in 1964 and is based in Beijing. The varied subjects of his oil paintings include slaughtered animals, icons from art history, consumerism, the ‘mind landscapes’ of human beings and recent Chinese history. Since 2010, Zeng has sometimes exhibited his own woodcarvings, etchings and sketches alongside his paintings. The artist says of his work “I am very interested in fashion and about style, especially in the Nineties, because at that time everything was new to us.” Zeng has enjoyed constant critical acclaim since the 1990s, exhibits internationally and is one of the world’s top 10 contemporary artists by revenue. He has been represented by Gagosian Gallery since 2011 and has held exhibitions with them in London and Hong Kong.
Chantal Joffe, copyright Felix Clay
Chantal Joffe is an English painter based in London. She is interested in the complex lives of modern women and the roles that their bodies, children and fashion take within their narratives. Her expressive paintings can be up to three metres high and have been described as possessing an “everyday awkwardness” and a “deceptively casual brushstroke” as well as challenging our preconceived ideas of feminist art. Joffe has been exhibiting in prestigious exhibitions since the 1990s including the John Moores Painting Prize in 2002. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She exhibits internationally and is represented by Victoria Miro Gallery, London.
Tom Benson is a London-based artist. He makes paintings, drawings, installations, prints and books. In his work materials are put to specific use, incorporating both old and new technologies and processes. His recent paintings tend to make use of an open grid structure, overlaid with collaged materials. A cross-wiring between one work and another gives rise to a situation where the manner of making recedes to allow a space for thoughts and ideas to hang together. The matter and materiality of the work is propositional: what it is to see, to touch, to move, to experience position, light. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and St Martin’s School of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include: Stiftung für konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, Germany, (2006), Concept Space, Shibukawa, Japan, (2010), Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London, (2012), and Sleeper, Edinburgh (2013).