2013 was another vintage year for painting exhibitions in UK museums and galleries - here's ten of the best from the last year, informed by Culture24 readers...
1. Hurvin Anderson's stunning paintings take over Birmingham's IKON gallery
The Birmingham gallery was the apt venue for this first major retrospective of a rising star in contemporary British painting.
© Collection Janet de Botton
2. The Fine Art Society celebrates the lost art of British Twentieth Century Murals
Long-forgotten murals by Eric Ravilious, John Piper, Peter Lanyon, Frank Brangwyn and a cast of mid-century moderns made this show one of the painting exhibitions of the year.
© Private collection
3. Edwin Butler Bayliss: Poet Painter of the Black Country at Wolverhampton Art Gallery
One of the region's finest galleries revealed how the Black country's very own LS Lowry captured the drama, beauty and bleakness of the industrial West Midlands.
© Christopher Bayliss/ artist’s estate
4. The poetic landscapes of Jeffery Camp: The Way to Beachy Head at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings
A showcase of the poetic landscape paintings of Jeffery Camp in an exhibition focusing on his beautifully dramatic interpretations of the East Sussex coastline.
© the artist, courtesy Art Space Gallery, London
5. Edinburgh Art Festival 2013: Peter Doig at Scottish National Gallery
The first major retrospective of Peter Doig showcased his hot and hazy landscapes of Trinidad.
© Courtsey of private collection
6. Lowry at Tate Britain delivers the goods in show of twists and turns
The welcome rehabilitation of the painter of matchstick men seemed complete with this major retrospective at Tate Britain.
© The estate of L.S. Lowry All rights reserved, DACS 2013
7. A talent cut short - the tragic journey of Christopher Wood at Kettle's Yard
Kettle's Yard offered up the paintings and drawings of Christopher Wood; one of the most precocious talents of 1920s British painting.
© Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge
8. The Hepworth Wakefield and Jerwood Hastings celebrate the genius of William Scott
The Wiliam Scott Centenary year began with a major exhibition at Tate St Ives, evolving into these two absorbing shows in Hastings and Wakefield.
© Wakefield Permanent Art Collection © 2013 estate of William Scott
9. Elena Fortescue-Brickdale: the last Pre-Raphaelite at Watts Gallery
When it comes to British gallery exhibitions, the Pre-Raphaelites are never far away. Here was an intriguing artist who continued the tradition into the 1940s.
© National Museums Liverpool
10. Tate Modern's Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective
Tate Modern offered a "rip roaring" showcase of the work of The master of American Pop Art.
© Collection Simonyi © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2012
More popular painting shows from 2013:
Kurt Schwitters: The master of collage and connections at Tate Britain
Julian Opie's winter landscapes fuse technology and tradition at Alan Christea
Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901. The Courtauld captures the magic of Picasso's pivotal year
The Cutting Edge of Modernity: Grosvenor School Linocuts at Osborne Samuel London
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