I have always loved painting. In a world of accelerated images I have always found that painting gives me space for contemplation and takes me to another place. - Mandy PayneThe JM2016 gallery
I used to spend months planning my paintings, but now they happen more spontaneously and intuitively, and I can perform and make films alongside my practice – Julia Warr
Like music, painting provides food for the soul. - Sneh Mehta
A lot of what I paint is based on images from dreams. I’m really aware that we can’t photograph those images, so painting them seems a direct way of relating them. – Emma Talbot
I like how a static painting can be simultaneously serious, beautiful, quiet, dumb, knowing. I still find it fulfilling on many levels. - Donal MoloneyThe JM2016 gallery
I don’t know exactly what attracted Ben to painting, but he continually returned to paint despite explorations using sculpture, video, installation and drawing. – Melanie Cove
It’s a network of reasons, some of which I am only half aware. In part, it’s to have a dialogue with the history of painting. – Nicholas Middleton
The immediacy which is possible when using paint also allows the process to be alive and open. – Enzo MarraFind answers from our visitors in the slideshow below: [slideshow_deploy id='14535'] The love of, and need to paint is what keeps this internationally-renowned prize so fresh and inspiring year after year. We now look forward to next year when the entries for the JM2018 will open, and perhaps you could be that artist inspiring thousands and thousands of visitors. All paintings from the JM2016 are now available to view online and many of the items in our online shop have been reduced. Keep up to date with the JMPP on twitter over at @JMpaintingprize.