Martin Gayford: Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023 Professional Choose Interview

Martin Gayford is an Artwork Critic for The Spectator and writer of books on David Hockney, Antony Gormley and extra. He joins the skilled judges panel for Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023 and right here, he shares his exhibition highlights of the previous yr and recommendation to these fascinated by getting into the competitors this yr.

Above picture: Pages from Love Lucian: The Letters of Lucian Freud 1939–1954, 2022 by Martin Gayford and David Dawson


May you inform us a bit about your self and your work?

Martin: I’m a author, primarily about artwork. Through the years I’ve been an artwork critic for a number of publications together with the Day by day Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and Spectator. Amongst my books are biographic works about Van Gogh, Michelangelo and Constable. I’ve written ceaselessly on David Hockney (together with two works co-written with him) and Lucian Freud. Shaping the World: Sculpture from Prehistory to Now (2020) was a collaboration with Antony Gormley. Spring Can not Be Cancelled, co-written with David Hockney, appeared in 2021. My most up-to-date e book is Love Lucian (2022), a set of Lucian Freud’s early correspondence, co-edited with David Dawson. I’ve sat for portraits by each Hockney and Lucian Freud.


Love Lucian – The Letters of Lucian Freud 1939–1954 2022
David Dawson and Martin Gayford


What have been your exhibition highlights of 2022? Who’re the artists or artworks you had been most impressed by this previous yr?

Martin: Properly, for me 2022 was a yr by which I spent a variety of time organising exhibitions of which I used to be a part of the curatorial workforce together with Hockney’s Eye on the Fitzwilliam Museum and Downing School, Cambridge and Lucian Freud: The Painter and his Household on the Freud Museum, London. In any other case I used to be enormously struck by the Freud present on the Nationwide Gallery, Household Relations at Gagosian, and a variety of shows on the Venice Biennale.


Spring Can not Be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy, 2022
David Hockney and Martin Gayford


How necessary do you assume awards and competitions are for artists in the present day?

Martin: Properly, they’re definitely a part of the sport, however artwork just isn’t the identical as sport – and you will need to keep in mind that the most effective individual doesn’t essentially win.


The Pursuit of Artwork: Travels, Encounters and Revelations, 2019
Martin Gayford


What is going to you be on the lookout for within the entries submitted to the competitors this yr?

Martin: Originality, visible sensitivity and pizazz.


Shaping the World: Sculpture from Prehistory to Now, 2020
Antony Gormley and Martin Gayford


Do you may have any recommendation for artists on the market fascinated by getting into Jackson’s Portray Prize this yr?

Martin: A very powerful recommendation for any artist (or author) is to maintain at it.

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