Protest Painting by Nicholas Middleton Wins Visitors’ Choice

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LIVERPOOL.- Nicholas Middleton is the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize’s Visitors’ Choice for the second time with his painting Protest, April 1st 2009. Nicholas scooped the £2,010 prize, sponsored by Rathbones, with a detailed photorealist depiction of the Financial Fools’ Day protest outside the Bank of England. While the John Moores Painting Prize charts development in contemporary painting, the Visitors’ Choice appears to also reflect the mood of the public, with many voters choosing the painting not only for its technical ability but also the subject matter. As one visitor described it: “It captures the feelings of the nation during an important phase of our history…” Another comments: “He (Middleton) has taken away the decoration and concentrated on the stark financial climate we live in.” The artist, who was also a prize winner in this year’s competition, won the Visitors’ Choice prize in 2006 with the work Sc