Damien Flood shortlisted for John Moores (Friday 6 August 2010)

compiled by Imelda Barnard
 Damien Flood: Pyramid, 2008, oil on half oil ground 25 x 30cm; image held here
Damien Flood: Pyramid, 2008, oil on half oil ground 25 x 30cm; image held here

Damien Flood has been shortlisted for the John Moores 25 Contemporary Painting Prize 2010 in Liverpool. With a first prize of £25,000 and a total prize fund of over £35,000, this is the UK’s largest contemporary painting competition. Now in its 53rd year almost 3,000 entrants submitted work in the hope of being one of the forty-five shortlisted artists, with the award attracting a broad spectrum of artists with no preference given to levels of experience or particular practices of painting. The competition has given prominence to artists including David Hockney and Richard Hamilton, who went on to find acclaim after winning the prize.
A panel of five judges shortlisted the artists for the competition: artist Gary Hume, who has exhibited at Tate Britain; Alison Watt, former Associate Artist as the National Gallery; Liverpool-born Ged Quinn who exhibited at the John Moores exhibition in 2008; Goshka Macuga, a Polish artist who has been nominated for the Turner Prize; and Sir Norman Rosenthal, former Exhibitions Secretary of the Royal Academy of Arts.
There is a first prize of £25,000 along with four further prizes, each of £2,500. In addition, there is a visitors' choice prize of £2,010. The work of the forty-five shortlisted artists will be on show at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, from 18 September – 3 January 2011. The exhibition forms a key part of the Liverpool Biennial.
 Damien Flood: Drip, 2009, oil on canvas; image held here
Damien Flood: Drip, 2009, oil on canvas; image held here

Damien Flood, who has an MA from NCAD, is represented by the Green on Red Gallery in Dublin.
John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010 Shortlisted Artists
1. Cornelia Baltes: THERE YOU ARE!
2. Jon Braley: untitled
3. GL Brierley: JIGGYJILLY
4. Deborah Burnstone: Freeway
5. Darren Coffield: PISODICAL
6. Keith Coventry: Spectrum Jesus
7. Edward Coyle: Multiplicity study
8. Theo Cuff: untitled
9. Stuart Cumberland: 240Y/1 2009
10. Ian Davenport: Puddle Painting: Dioxazine
11. Philip Diggle: For Your Pleasure
12. Tim Ellis: United in Different Guises XXXXIII
13. Geraint Evans: An Alpine Biodome
14. Adam Fearon: Untitled
15. Damien Flood: Drip
16. Nick Fox: Metatopia
17. David Fulford: Near the Site
18. Mikey Georgeson: Untitled (Molecule of Intuition)
19. Chris Hamer: Crook
20. Andy Harper: Frau Troffea
21. Richard Harrison: Mountain Peaks
22. Sigrid Holmwood: Butchering a Pig
23. Phil Illingworth: 3D painting No.1 (experiments with colour reflection)
24. Lee Johnson: The Kerchief or Dr Olfato’s Welcome
25. Neal Jones: ORANGE PAVING
26. Joseph Long: Hortus Botanicus
27. Elizabeth McDonald: Bee Keepers I
28. Nicholas Middleton: “Protest, April 1st 2009″
29. Michael Miller: Suspended Animation
30. Matthew Mounsey: Prehistoric Sex Machine
31. Jost Münster: to the left
32. Cara Nahaul: Somewhere between prayer and agenda
33. Narbi Price: Untitled See Saw Painting
34. Steven Proudfoot: The Party
35. Sabrina Shah: Witness
36. Annabelle Shelton: Helter Skelter Runway 2009
37. George Sherlock: Polycrylic Decades
38. Michael Simpson: Bench Painting Untitled
39. Henrietta Simson: Giotto’s Template
40. Veronica Smirnoff: Lubo
41. Ian Peter Smith: Matter at the edge
42. Daniel Sturgis: Still Squallings
43. Geraldine Swayne: Industrialist on Wheels
45. Christian Ward: Frontier Monume