Poster of John Moores Painting Competition China Prizewinners’ Exhibition


John Moores Painting Prize (China) is a biennial painting competition that has so far taken place with great success on three occasions (2010, 2012, 2014). It is modelled on the John Moores Painting Competition (UK), which was founded in 1957 and remains the major painting prize in the UK.

The key to the process is that the paintings are judged anonymously by a panel of distinguished artists – the prize is awarded to a painting of the highest quality without knowledge of the artists’ institutional background, market value or curriculum vitae: the quality of the painting is the sole criterion.

Liu Gang, Spring, 2010; Oil on canvas, 220x420cm

Liu Gang, Spring, 2010; Oil on canvas, 220x420cm

Each competition has produced five prizewinners an overall winner and four artists with highly commended paintings – producing 15 prizewinners from the first 3 competitions. This exhibition presents about 5 paintings by each of the 15 winners, to be shown in 4 cities across China: Beijing, Macao, Chongqing, and Shanghai. The exhibition shows that artists do not stay still – that even after great success, they continue to experiment with new subject matter or new techniques, or maybe they try to go deeper into the same approach.

In selecting the paintings for this exhibition, Wang DaWei, Ling Min and I focused on finding the best new work by each prizewinner. We did not attempt to make a selection that would look consistent visually or thematically. This is a genuine historical sample, so you will find here a great diversity of styles some of which may develop to be the coming trends in Chinese painting, an aspect of this exhibition that you should not miss!

Zhang Zhenxue, Water Form, 2014; Oil on canvas, 205x280cm

Zhang Zhenxue, Water Form, 2014; Oil on canvas, 205x280cm

About the exhibition

Opening time: 5:30pm, 20th Sep. , 2015
Duration: 2015.09.20 — 2015.10.18
Location: 4rd floor exhibition hall of building 1, Today Art Museum

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