WIRRAL’S Leo Fitzmaurice has won the fifth annual Northern Art Prize.
The Heswall-based artist, who is known for his witty installations and sculptures, was named at a ceremony at Leeds Art Gallery last night where he was presented with the £16,500 first prize.
He beat three other shortlisted artists – Liadin Cooke, of Huddersfield, James Hugonin, of Northumberland, and Newcastle’s Richard Rigg – to the 2011/12 title.
Judges said: “The strength of this year’s exhibition and the prize are testament to the generosity and commitment of all the artists.
“However, Leo’s work for the Northern Art Prize exhibition in particular is ambitious, risky and compelling. 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.”
Mr Fitzmaurice, 48, who studied art at Liverpool Polytechnic, created The Way Things Appear, a collection of photographs of objects and graphical elements taken in their everyday setting and presented as a digital slide show.
He also presented Horizon (Leeds), a selection of landscape paintings from the Leeds Art Gallery permanent collection, turned into a new piece of work by lining them up to create a continuous landscape.