John Moores Painting Prize 2012

15 September 2012 - 6 January 2013

Fact file

  • 1st prizewinner purchased for the Walker Art Gallery's collection. 
  • Visitors Choice prize of £2,012 awarded.
  • Prizewinning paintings from John Moores China were exhibited.
  • Unusually, the jury awarded a special commendation.
  • Sir Peter Blake is named as the first patron of the John Moores Painting Prize, 50 years after winning the Junior section of John Moores 3 with his painting 'Self Portrait with Badges' in 1961.
  • Number of entries: 3,100
  • Number of exhibits: 62

Conditions of entry

Artists living or based in the UK; one work, new or recent (preferably executed since John Moores 26), wholly or partly in any painted medium; designed to hang on a wall, projecting no more than 0.5m; additional height and width restrictions.

Prize winners

Prizewinners first prize £25,000

  • Sarah Pickstone, 'Stevie Smith and the Willow'

Four prizes of £2,500: 

  • Biggs and Collings, 'The Greater Light'
  • Ian Law, 'M is Many'
  • Stephen Nicholas, 'Gallery'
  • Narbi Price, 'Untitled Kerbstone Painting (MJK)'

Visitors' choice winner £2,012:

  • Elizabeth Magill, 'Sighting'

Jurors special commendation: 

  • Wayne Clough, 'Down the Acapulco'

Download a pdf of the artists' statements and biographies (pdf)


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Sarah Pickstone with 'Stevie Smith and the Willow'


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  • Iwona Blazwick
  • Fiona Banner
  • George Shaw
  • Angela de la Cruz



Sarah Pickstone, 'Stevie Smith and the Willow'
Biggs & Collings, 'The Greater Light'
Ian Law, 'M is many'
Stephen Nicholas, 'Gallery'
Narbi Price, 'Untitled Kerbstone Painting (MJK)'
Elizabeth Magill, 'Sighting'
Eve Ackroyd, 'Dead Man'
Henny Acloque, '277'
Kelly Best, 'That place between 11 and 12'
Katrina Blannin, 'Pink'
James Bloomfield, 'Collateral Damage - The Killing Jar - 14.I.2012'
Hannah Brown, 'Time Hangs Heavy 3'
Jane Bustin, 'sacrificed to veil (sacrifiés pour voiler)'
Graham Chorlton, 'Edge of Town'
Wayne Clough, 'Down the Acapulco'
Julie Cockburn, 'The Field'
Paul Collinson, 'Temple of Ancient Virtue'
Andrew Cranston, 'Thinking inside the box'
Theo Cuff, 'Untitled'
Cullinan Richards, 'Collapse into Abstract (black)'
Bernat Daviu, 'Overall Paintings'
Nathan Eastwood, 'A Man after Ilya Repin's Own Heart'
David Dipré, 'Self Portrait on White Ground'
Liz Elton, 'Twisted'
Oscar Godfrey, 'Mineral 9'
Vincent Hawkins, 'The House'
Bé van der Heide, 'In the Desert'
Rae Hicks, 'Late Summer Mirage'
John Holland, 'Home VII'
Kevin Hutcheson, 'Study'
Jarik Jongman, 'Waiting room (1)'
Laura Keeble, "I'd like to teach the world to sing!"
Robin Kirsten, 'Path of Whistlers'
Brendan Lancaster, 'Wet Casements'
Laura Lancaster, 'Untitled'
Dominic Lewis, 'The Auction'
Peter Liversidge, 'Proposal for the Jury of the John Moores Painting Prize 2012'
Angela Lizoń, 'Made in Taiwan'
Danny Markey, 'Traffic Island in the Snow'
Enzo Marra, 'Monet'
Rui Matsunaga, 'Monkey'
Onya McCausland, 'Iron Hill'
Dougal McKenzie, 'Otl's Gift (The Honeymoon of the Mechanical Bride)'
Damien Meade, 'Talcum'
Sonia Morange, 'Poncho'
Pat O'Connor, 'Black'
Jay Oliver, 'Outside Toilet'
Dan Perfect, 'Future Sun'
Oliver Perkins, 'DEAD RUBBER'
Virginia Phongsathorn, 'Comma (Test Piece for an Eye Break'
Tom Pitt, 'Steps, Forest Rec.'
Kevin J Pocock, 'Brutal Facade'
Sarah Poots, 'Plaza'
James Ryan, 'Untitled'
Andrew Seto, 'Fruit Loop'
André Stitt, 'The Little Summer of St. Michael'
Trevor Sutton, 'Irish Painting (for Jack)'
Emma Talbot, 'The Good Terrorists'
Amikam Toren, 'Armchair Painting - Untitled (The Unthinkable)'
Matt Welch, 'Painting of IKEA shelf brackets arranged in such a way as to signify towards IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad's involvement with Nazism and Swedish Nationalism, distracted by varying levels of perspectival depth, variations in colour and visually dominated by some form of unknown dark oval in the background
Ian Whittlesea, 'Studio Painting - Agnes Martin'
Thomas M Wright, 'Inherent Omniscience (Second Version)'


The five prize winning paintings from the second John Moores Painting Prize China were displayed at the Walker.

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