John Moores exhibition 22

14 September - 8 December 2002

Fact file

  • Number of prize winners changed to five
  • Purchase prize retained
  • This year, for the first time, slides rather than original works were submitted. This made the competition more open and accessible than ever before.
  • Visitors' Choice vote introduced, awarded towards the end of the exhibition
  • No printed catalogue - online catalogue only
  • Number of entries: 1,400
  • Number of exhibits: 38

Conditions of entry

Artists living or based in the UK; one work, new or recent (preferably executed since the John Moores 21 exhibition), wholly or partly in any painted medium; designed to hang on a wall and projecting no more than 0.5m; additional height and width restrictions.

Prize winners

  • Peter Davies 1st prize £25,000

4 prizes of £2,500:

  • Bank
  • Alan Gouk
  • Martin Maloney
  • Paul Morrison

Visitors' Choice winner (no prize money):

  • Sean Dawson

First prize winner Peter Davies

Peter Davies was born in Edinburgh in 1970. He studied at the University of Brighton 1989-92 and Goldsmiths' College 1994-96. 

"For some years I have been making text paintings alongside abstract paintings. Both types feed off and inform one another. The text paintings offer a playful and humorous take on my attempts to understand art history and contemporary art.In contrast to how text has often been used in contemporary art, most notably with conceptualism, I want my paintings to be visually seductive and enjoyable to look at, and whilst being serious, to convey a sense of fun and mischief.I have made text paintings on various themes, such as 'A to Zs' and 'Top 100s' of my favourite artists in different categories. 

This painting was inspired by seeing the recent large Warhol show in Berlin and is one of a series where I have taken one key figure as a starting point and made a painting which resembles a flow chart or mind map. 

I am interested in the formal, visual result which comes from this way of organising information as a painting, and how by having words which make reference to the history of art can heighten the 'content' of a painting.I want to make paintings that combine the sensuality and beauty of formalism with the humour and toughness of conceptualism."


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Peter Davies with 'Super Star Fucker - Andy Warhol Text Painting'


  • Matthew Collings, artist/writer
  • Fiona Rae, artist
  • Jenny Saville, artist