The 2019 Turner Prize nominees have been announced today and we thought that this was a great opportunity to showcase some of the brilliant artwork on the site inspired by Turner himself.
The Turner Prize is an annual prize awarded to a British Artist for visual art. The Tate Gallery is responsible for awarding the prize which has been given since 1984. The prize was named after J M W Turner because, despite the fact that he is now considered one of Britain’s greatest artists, he was considered controversial by his contemporaries. His new approach to landscape painting was to dramatically alter the course of landscape painting by elevating it as a subject matter. This aligns with the Turner Prize’s objective – to honour an artist whose work may be seen as controversial but who aspires to change the course of art history. Famous controversial examples include ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living’ by Damien Hirst (a shark suspended in formaldehyde) and ‘My Bed’ by Tracey Emin.
Previous winners have included Howard Hodgkin, Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Grayson Perry.
This year’s nominees are Lawrence Abu Hamdan for his films and installations, Helen Cammock, film-maker, Tai Shani, installation artist, and Oscar Murillo for his semi abstract paintings.
Turner’s influence has been long-lasting and his work has inspired many artists. We have many original paintings for sale on the site inspired by Turner. We have selected a few here:
‘Gates of Heaven’ by Lesley Blackburn. A large seascape oil painting in an Impressionist style £550
‘Almost Heaven’ by Maxine Martin. Impressionist seascape on canvas £180
‘Silver Lining’ by Alison Johnson. Original oil painting £1800
‘Renaissance Land’ by IsoBella. Abstract landscape painting inspired by the techniques of the old masters and Turner specifically £300
‘The Awakening IV (Large)’ by Gill Luff . Impressionist oil painting £850
Maybe you feel inspired to buy an original painting inspired by the art of Turner and bring a little Victorian controversy into your home!