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Turner Prize hopefuls announced

An artist who uses make-up and soil to create sculptures is one of four up for this year's prestigious Turner Prize.

Glasgow-based Karla Black's unorthodox materials include lipstick, Vaseline, nail varnish and eye shadow.

Martin Boyce, whose installations are inspired by concrete trees, is also shortlisted, as is George Shaw, who only uses enamel paint in his work.

Hilary Lloyd, who portrays construction sites using video screens, is the final contender for the £25,000 prize.

Artworks by each artist will be exhibited in Gateshead from October, with the winner to be announced on 5 December.

The runners-up will receive £5,000 at the ceremony, to take place - like the exhibition - at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Set up in 1984, the award is given to a British artist under 50 for "an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the 12 months preceding".

Previous Turner winners include Grayson Perry, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor and Rachel Whiteread.

Black, 38, has been shortlisted for work shown at Berlin's Galerie Capitain Petzel, while Boyce - also a Scot - has been singled out for his solo exhibition at the Garleie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich.

Shaw's paintings, which depict the Coventry area he grew up in, were displayed at the Baltic, while Lloyd earned her nomination with a solo show at London's Raven Row gallery.

Last year's prize went to sound artist Susan Philipsz, for an installation that featured her singing three versions of a Scottish lament.

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