John Moores Painting Prize Talk: Graham Crowley

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Join Graham Crowley in-conversation with Nicola Selsby - Cunningham, Head of the Walker Art Gallery. Graham is the 32nd winner of the Prize, he has been selected for the exhibition ten times with the first time being in 1976, he was also a jury member for the Prize in 2008.

"I paint shadows. I'm intrigued by luminosity in painting. This is the driving force behind LIGHT INDUSTRY. I've always been fascinated by paintings like those of Manet. The way in which the image and the painting as its own object can be seen simultaneously - fused together as a single luminous entity. This remarkable duality is one of painting's defining characteristics.

"Creativity and class are long-standing preoccupations of mine and one of the ways that I've discovered to navigate these complex issues is by employing a variety of vernacular idioms. In this instance it's a rather obsolete, low-tech graphic device, the duotone. My intention is to make paintings that are both luminous and their own object. This dictates the way I paint. I apply Paynes Gray pigment directly into the medium. Wet into wet, then glaze."

Tickets for this talk are £5 and include entry to the exhibition.