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John Moores Painting Prize 2018

14 July - 18 November
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'King and Queen of Wands'

Jacqui Hallum

First prize winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2018

painted draped sheets of fabric

  • 2017
  • Ink on cotton
  • Dimensions variable

In her painting, Hallum draws on imagery ranging from medieval woodcuts and leaded glass windows to tarot cards and Art Nouveau children's book illustrations. She works across a number of loose cotton sheets, staining and dying them with inks (drawing ink, graffiti ink and squid ink). The sheets move between Hallum's studio and garden throughout this process, before they are grouped and pinned together, concealing and revealing themselves to create a multi-part work.

This painting is now on display in the John Moores prize winners exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery.


Jacqui Hallum was born in Wembley, London in 1977 and is based in Totnes, Devon. She attended Coventry School of Art and Design 1996-9 and Slade School of Fine Art 2000-2. 

Exhibitions include:

  • How to do the Flowers, Millimetre: project 01 London 2010
  • April is the cruellest month, breeding, LIDO St Leonards-on-Sea 2011
  • I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart: 21 Painters in Britain, De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 2014
  • Natural Staking: Jacqui Hallum & Tamara Van San, Standpoint London 2015
  • Uncommon Chemistry, Observer Building Hastings 2016
  • In this soup we swim, Kingsgate Project Space London 2016
  • The Kiss or Poison Boyfriend or Jesus’ Blood, Intercession Gallery Northampton 2017
  • Jacqui Hallum, Leon Kossoff,  Kingsgate 2018

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