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'Slasher' painting wins art prize

18 September 08 17:31 GMT

A painting depicting an artist slashing his canvas has won this year's John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize.

Peter MacDonald took the £25,000 prize for his painting, Fontana, which was described by one judge as "one of the most inventive paintings I've seen".

A record 3,222 paintings were submitted to the biennial competition, which is now on its 50th year.

This year's shortlisted works will be shown at Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery, from Saturday until 4 January.


Fontana is a re-imagining of the working practice of controversial artist Lucio Fontana, who is famous for a series of works featuring slashed canvases.

McDonald said: "Although the prize judged us on the merits of one painting, I hope that visitors to the exhibition can also have an opportunity to think about painting as a practice, carried on over many years through trials and experiments."

The judging panel was made up of artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, art critic Sacha Craddock and painters Graham Crowley and Paul Morrison.

Crowley said the winning painting acted as a "tantalising and provocative glimpse into the way we think".

He added: "The John Moores has always been about reflecting what is innovative and relevant in contemporary British painting and this year's selection is an exceptional example."

This year's four runners-up, Julian Brain, Geraint Evans, Grant Foster and Neal Jones, will each receive £2,500.

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