Winner of first ever John Moores Painting Prize China announced
HAN FENG has been announced as the winner of the first ever John Moores Painting Prize China - a new version of the award that has been based at the Walker Art Gallery for the past 53 years.
This is his painting, Big Plane (2008), created in acrylic on canvas. In reality it measures 2m-wide so is no doubt much more striking than it seems here, and you'd be able to see the texture better.
We'll get to judge this for ourselves when it and the other three finalist works are exhibited in the Walker alongside the short-listed paintings for the UK prize in September. It'll be interesting to see how much they differ in style to the British works, although they themselves usually vary greatly.
I was intrigued to learn that Chinese artists are so used to opportunities being awarded based on who they know and who they were taught by that lots of entrants couldn't believe the JM Prize was truly anonymous. It is - both in China and the UK, the judges are given no details of who painted the works put in front of them.
Anyway, here's what Feng had to say about his painting: "The big aeroplane has exaggerated the proportions of the real one. I want to make a bigger, prettier and disturbed virtual world. This painting is something about dream-making, about the story of sailing and searching in such a paradoxical world."
Don't forget - the winner of the Liverpool-based prize will be announced live on National Museums Liverpool's website on the evening of September 16. I'll be told the result along with other arts journalists earlier in the day so I'll set it to be automatically revealed on this blog as soon as the embargo has been lifted.