Nicholas Middleton wins Visitors' Choice award

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Nicholas Middleton and Ann Bukantas in front of 'Scene From a Contemporary Novel'

Artist Nicholas Middleton was at the Walker Art Gallery this lunchtime to collect a £1000 cheque from Fine Art Curator Ann Bukantas as the winner of the Visitors' Choice award for John Moores 24 for his painting 'Scene From a Contemporary Novel'.

The monochrome photorealist painting was a runaway winner of the award, receiving 709 votes out of 5063 cast by visitors to the exhibition. Runners-up were Graham Crowley for 'Red Reflection' and Gary 'Dollman' Sollars for 'When I Grow Up I Want To Go In There'.

Comments on the voting cards included 'Simply the best!', 'It has been very cleverly painted', 'LOVE IT!', 'Who needs colour to bring things to life?', 'All that is good about photo-realist painting', 'The girl in the picture could well be myself … Very evocative'.

Nicholas Middleton came to the gallery last month to give a talk on his painting, an audio recording and transcript is available online.