Jury for John Moores 22
From left to right: Jenny Saville, Fiona Ray and Matthew Collings
Jenny Saville was born in Cambridge in 1970. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1992. Her entire degree show was bought by Charles Saatchi and she later created a new body of work to be displayed in his London gallery. More recently, her exhibiting career has centred on New York. Her early paintings applied modern feminist theory to the traditional genre of the female nude. She has since used her strongly figurative style to address broader issues such as gender and sexual identity.
Fiona Rae was born in 1963 in Hong Kong. She graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art and soon afterwards featured in the seminal 1988 warehouse exhibition 'Freeze'. In 1991 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. She has shown widely in the UK, Europe and the USA. She was included in 'Sensation' at the Royal Academy in 1997; and in 2001 she showed in 'Hybrids'' at Tate Liverpool. She is represented in Walker Art Gallery's collection. Her paintings are characteristically colourful and visually dynamic syntheses of disparate formal elements and gestures.
Matthew Collings was born in 1955. He is a painter, writer and television presenter. He edited 'Artscribe International' from 1983 to 1987 and worked as a presenter/producer on the BBC's 'Late Show' from 1988 to 1996. He is best known for his books 'Blimey' and 'Art Crazy Nation' and the TV series 'This is Modern Art'. In these he takes a fresh look at both the contemporary art scene and modernism as a whole. His work is characterised by its humour and intelligence.