John Moores Painting Prize 2016

9 July - 27 November 2016

Fact file

  • The exhibition was accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue
  • The exhibition is visited by more than 70,000 people
  • Visitors' Choice prize rises to £2,016
  • The fourth John Moores Painting Prize China is held in Shanghai featuring 81 paintings
  • Number of entries: 2,530
  • Number of exhibits: 54

Conditions of entry

Artists living or based in the UK; one work, new or recent (preferably executed since JM28), 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

First Prizewinner £25,000

  • Michael Simpson, 'Squint (19)'

4 prizes of £2,500

  • Talar Aghbashian, 'Untitled'
  • Gabriella Boyd, 'Birthyard'
  • Benjamin Jamie, 'Dissolver'
  • Selma Parlour, 'One, The Side-ness of In-Out'

Visitor's Choice winner £2,016

  • Donal Moloney, 'Cave Floor'

First prize winner Michael Simpson

Born in Dorset in 1940, Michael Simpson is based in Wiltshire. He attended Bournemouth College of Art 1958-60 and the Royal College of Art London 1960-3.

Michael's acceptance speech:

"There's something I want to say about painting. And that is that; many people think of painting today - flat surface painting - as being sterile. And there is a great popularity for installation, video work, photography, performance and so on. Much of it is really interesting and some even profound, but for me, painting is something that endures. I have a great admiration for the nature of painting and for what it is and what it can do to people.

The limitations of painting I find quite beautiful. The idea that you can make a painting within its own boundary lines - whether it's a rectangle, a square, an ellipse, a circle or even an Egyptian painting on a wall. It has a kind of beauty and it conjures up so many human values and is diverse in the most extraordinary degree. It's a kind of magic, that you can do anything on this simple, flat surface. I think painting will endure for a very long time. Thank you."





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Michael Simpson with 'Squint (19)'. 


  • Gillian Carnegie, artist
  • Richard Davey, author and curator
  • Ansel Krut, artist
  • Phoebe Unwin, artist
  • Ding Yi, artist



Michael Simpson 'Squint (19)'
Talar Aghbashian 'Untitled'
Benjamin Jenner 'Flicker 3'
Bernard Charnley 'When the stars threw down their spears'
Karl Bielik 'Sunday'
Gabriella Boyd 'Birthyard'
Julian Brown 'A Fairytale of Gdansk'
Christopher Hanlon 'Untitled'
Julie Cockburn 'The Playground'
Ben Cove 'Freeloader'
Graham Crowley 'Blue Drift'
David Murphy 'Long Ending (Green)'
Duncan Swann 'I choose the child'
Bella Easton 'Passageways'
Ewan Murray 'Couple'
Frank Minoprio 'Field Myth'
Gemma Cossey 'Halves II (Continuum)'
Ira Hoffecker 'Camp Moschendorf II'
James Collins 'Floyd'
Benjamin Jamie 'Dissolver'
Julia Warr 'Where do we come from? Where are we going?'
Juliet Goodden 'Kedleston Road'
Gareth Kemp 'This Could be Eastern Europe' Gareth Kemp 'This Could be Eastern Europe'
Nicholas Kulkarni 'Untitled'
Laurence Owen 'Ritual to the Westfield'
Linda Hemmersbach 'January'
Lizi Sánchez 'I I I I I'
George Lloyd-Jones 'Round Tables (2)'
Enzo Marra 'Invigilator (John Virtue)'
Lee Marshall 'Midnight I'
Mary Wood 'Series 15 Cerulean 2'
Sneh Mehta 'Him & Her'
Michael Ginsborg 'From Package to Picture'
Nicholas Middleton 'Figures in an Arch'
Nancy Milner 'Untitled'
Donal Moloney 'Cave Floor'
Nici Bungey 'The Expiring Frog'
Selma Parlour, 'One, The Side-ness of In-Out' Selma Parlour 'One, The Side-ness of In-Out'
Mandy Payne 'No Ball Games Here'
playpaint 'Double Science Fiction'
Alex Rennie 'Totem'
Tim Renshaw 'Notebook Architecture'
Richard Kenton Webb 'The Landscape as Discourse'
Róisín Fogarty 'Goofy Foot'
Sarah Dwyer 'Potrero'
Shaan Syed 'Foster'
John Stark 'Beasts of England II'
Steph Goodger 'Les Non-Réclamés (The Unclaimed)'
Steve Moberly 'If I called this painting 'List' would you read it as such?'
Emma Talbot 'You Come To Me In A Dream'
Thom Trojanowski Hobson 'It's a Circus Out There'
Tristan Barlow 'Truck Stop Swamp'
William Dick 'Oldal II'
Simon Williams 'A bout portant'


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