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John Moores Painting Prize 2018

14 July - 18 November
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Billy Crosby

Prize winner John Moores Painting Prize 2018

patchwork pattern

  • 2017
  • Acrylic paint, metal paint, foam, coins and cardboard on board
  • 243 x 147cm.

At first glance 'Quilt' appears to be wooden, yet it is in fact made from woven cardboard and foam. It is reminiscent of a padded cell door. Crosby calls his painting "an anti-quilt" – the opposite of traditional quilts which are often personal, emotive items, recycled from old garments by a maker with a personal history linking them to the material. Crosby describes his approach as "weaving together differing perceptions of material and representation into a rich mush."


Billy Crosby was born in Dumfries and Galloway in 1992 and attended London College of Communication 2010-11 and Camberwell College of Arts 2013-16.

Exhibitions include:

  • The Hans Brinker Painting Prize, Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam 2015
  • The Marmite Prize for Painting, Block 336 London/Highlanes Gallery Drogheda 2016
  • Run Forest Run, The Kennington Residency London 2016
  • Degree Show, Camberwell College of Arts 2016
  • Vanguard Prize, Vanguard Court London 2016/17
  • Sticking the Moon with Double Sided Tape, Fotopub Slovenia 2016
  • Solopreneur, Kingsgate Project Space London 2016
  • Creekside Open 2017, (selector Jordan Baseman) APT London 2017
  • Changelings, The Flying Dutchman London 2017
  • Props (solo), Camberwell Space London 2017

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