Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize 2017
Praised by the Turner prize judges for 'addressing pertinent questions of personal and political identity', Lubaina Himid, 62, makes history for being the oldest as well as the first black women to win the prestigious award.
For the first time in the Turner Prize’s history, the 50-year old age limit has been lifted, with the jury acknowledging that ‘artists can experience a breakthrough in their work at any stage’.
Awarded annually to an artist born, living or working in Britain, for an outstanding artistic contribution over the last twelve months, the Turner Prize reflects the best of British Art today.
This year's three runners up were:
Painter Hurvin Anderson, 52, German-born artist Andrea Buttner, 45, and film-artist and painter Rosalind Nashashibi, 43.
One of Britain's leading contemporary painters, Hurvin Anderson questions issues of identity, nationhood and belonging in today's tumultuous political climate.
Born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents, Anderson draws his inspiration from places where the two cultures meet. Barber shops and their interiors - synonymous with community and enterprise for many Afro-Carribean migrants - appear frequently in his paintings.
Indeed, Anderson was nominated for his solo exhibitions, Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada and Hurvin Anderson: Dub Versions at New Art Exchange in Nottingham, where the centrepiece was Is It Okay To Be Black? The boldly-painted interior of a barber shop pays homage to Black icons such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.