John Moores Painting Prize 2018 winner announced

Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery has announced the winner of the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize 2018.

Artist Jacqui Hallum, who will receive a £25,000 prize, is the 30th winner of the award which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

Jacqui’s winning entry ‘King and Queen of Wands’is a multi-part work comprising three loose cotton sheets which have been stained, dyed and painted with inks.

It’s part of a large body of work by the artist which draws inspiration from the Rider-Waite tarot deck. Illustrations of a king and queen can be seen at either end of the artwork.

Jacqui’s painting was selected from more than 2,700 entries which were judged anonymously by a panel of jurors including the artists Monster Chetwynd, Lubaina Himid CBE, Bruce McLean and Liu Xiaodong, and curator Jenni Lomax.

King and Queen of Wands (2017), Jacqui Hallum

Born in London, Jacqui attended Coventry School of Art and Design and the Slade School of Fine Art. Her work has been exhibited widely across the UK.

She recently trained to become a gardener and her artworks regularly move between her own garden and studio.

Describing her approach to painting, Jacqui says: “I have a studio in the front of my flat and a garden at the back; these are both places where my paintings are made, often going back and forth between the two, or spending a night, or a week, out of doors.

“I like to see them differently, but I also like to watch what happens as they take on a rain storm or the piecing sun. If they survive then they have what it takes.”

In celebration of the prize’s 60th anniversary year, an additional award will be offered to Jacqui as the first prize winner – a three-month fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University, together with an in-focus solo display at the Walker Art Gallery in 2019.

‘King and Queen of Wands’ is one of 60 paintings which will be exhibited as part of the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 at the Walker from 14 July to 18 November.

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