Wirral artist Leo Fitzmaurice wins Northern Art Prize 2012 and £16,500 at Leeds Art Gallery

By Culture24 Reporter | 23 January 2012
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A photo of a slab of pavement protruding from the ground
Leo Fitzmaurice is the latest winner of the Northern Art Prize
© Leo Fitzmaurice
Leo Fitzmaurice, the Wirral artist whose "compelling" mobile phone shots provided the material for a slideshow in a box accompanied by ancient paintings from the collection of hosts Leeds Art Gallery, has won the £16,500 Northern Art Prize.

The Way Things Appear featured 60 photos of urban landscapes, never originally intended to be seen by public eyes. Fitzmaurice accompanied them with a selection of paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries illustrating historical views of landscape.

"Leo's work for the Northern Art Prize exhibition in particular is ambitious, risky and compelling," said a statement from a judging panel which included Arts Council Collection boss Caroline Douglas and former Turner Prize winner Simon Starling.

"Drawing upon historic resources and current mobile phone technology, he provides a fresh perspective on the traditional subject of landscape, while at the same time pushing the boundaries of his own practice."

Newcastle finalist Richard Rigg, who introduced telegraph poles to the gallery, won the public vote in an online poll. More than 50,000 visitors have visited the show since it opened in November 2011.

Sculptor Liadin Cooke and methodical painter James Hugonin joined Rigg as runners-up, receiving £1,500 each in the fifth year of the annual competition.

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