30 August 2012
Last updated at 12:32
The artworks in contention for this year's John Moores Painting Prize have been revealed. They include The Greater Light by Biggs & Collings, a collaboration between mosaic artist Emma Biggs, who comes up with the patterns and colours, and broadcaster and art critic Matthew Collings, who applies the paint.
Billed as Britain's most prestigious painting award, the prize is handed out every two years as part of the Liverpool Biennial. Ian Law's M Is Many measures more than two metres tall. London-based Law graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2009.
The winner, announced on 14 September, will receive £25,000. Narbi Price, based in Newcastle, works from photographs and says he is interested in "blurring the line between figuration and formal abstraction". He made the longlist in 2010 and his work Untitled Kerbstone Painting (MJK) is in the final five this time.
Sarah Pickstone's entry is titled Stevie Smith and the Willow. Judges choose the nominees without knowing the artists' identities. Judges this year include Turner Prize-nominated artists George Shaw, Angela de la Cruz and Fiona Banner, BBC creative director Alan Yentob and Whitechapel Gallery director Iwona Blazwick.
Previous winners include David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, Mary Martin and Peter Doig, while Sir Peter Blake, who won the junior section in 1961, is now the patron. This year's list is completed by Stephen Nicholas's Gallery.