Nicholas does the double!

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(From L to R)Andrew Morris, director of Rathbones with winning artist Nicholas Middleton

Nicholas Middleton has won the John Moores Visitors’ Choice for a second time!

His painting ‘Protest, April 1st 2009’ definitely appealed to a particular mood amongst visitors to the exhibition. As one put it: “He has taken away the decoration and concentrated on the stark financial climate we live in.”

Most however were struck by Nicholas’ technical ability, with one visitor commenting: "The skill, detail and effort in the painting are amazing. To me it is a modern-day equivalent of the old 18th century masters.”

Sponsored by Rathbones, the Visitors’ Choice awarded Nicholas £2,010 at the Walker Art Gallery today. His speech gave special thanks to visitors for taking their time to vote, not only for his work but for all the paintings on display.

Nicholas has a growing relationship with the ‘John Moores Painting Prize’. Not only was he a prizewinner in this year’s competition, he also won the Visitors’ Choice prize in 2006 with ‘Scene from a Contemporary Novel’.

The exhibition runs until 3 January 2011.