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Martin Greenland with his winning painting
Martin Greenland with his winning piece

Martin Greenland Wins £25k John Moores Prize

By Jennifer Hawley
The £25,000 first prize in the prestigious John Moores 24 exhibition has been awarded to Martin Greenland for his oil on canvas, Before Vermeer’s Clouds.

The painting features a waterfall and distant town with a distinctive multi coloured tower and is based on a piece by Dutch artist Jan Vermeer, A View of Deflt, which fascinated Martin for 30 years.

Talking through the work
Talking through the work

This year’s jury included two of the biggest names in British art, conceptual artist Tracey Emin and Sir Peter Blake. They were joined by former John Moores' prizewinner Jason Brooks, curator of fine art at the Walker Art Gallery, Ann Bukantas and Director of Visual Arts at the British Council, Andrea Rose.

Open to all artists based in the UK the John Moores 24 has become Britain’s largest contemporary painting exhibition. This year judges saw the highest number of entries in 43 years making a shortlist from 2,300 entries.

Other prizewinners congratulate Martin
Other prizewinners congratulate Martin

Other prizewinners include:

Matthew Burrows: Baptism (oil on linen)

Graham Crowley: Red Reflection (oil on canvas)

Vincent Hawkins: After Paul Nash (acrylic on canvas)

James White: In the basement (Kit II)

The announcement marks the start of the ten week Liverpool Biennial contemporary arts festival, which will see over 40 locations around the city transformed into display space.

The John Moores 24 exhibition can be seen at the Walker Art Gallery and runs from 16th September to 26th November 2006.

last updated: 18/09/06
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