Gabriella Boyd Finalist for John Moores Prize 2016

Gabriella Boyd
Gabriella Boyd has been selected as one of five prize winners at the John Moores Prize 2016

Held biannually at the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, now as an integral part of the Liverpool Biennial, the John Moores Prize is the most prestigious contemporary painting prize in Britain.

Previous prize winners include the likes of Sir Peter Blake, David Hockney, John Hoyland and Peter Doig.

Gabriella Boyd’s work, consisting mainly of oil paintings on canvas, revolves around the merging of private and public spaces. Boyd builds up paintings of imagined locations in stages, often allowing purely formal considerations of colour and line to determine their direction. It is through this process that figures emerge. Psychological states become theatrically realised as characters’ inner and outer realities blur and shift.

Working from photographs, drawings and recalled social observations, she tries to depict fleeting interactions or moments of failed intimacy.

The John Moores Prize exhibition runs until the 27 November 2016 | The Walker Gallery William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EL