Deptford X Competition - About The Judges

Graham Crowley

Graham Crowley is one of the most distinguished living painters in the UK today
Born in 1950, Graham Crowley studied at St. Martin’s School of Art London 1968-72 and Royal College of Art London 1972-75, and has held significant teaching posts including Professor of Painting at the RCA ( 1998-2006)

In April 2008 Graham Crowley had a letter published in Art Monthly ‘Can’t get No Satisfaction’ in which he expressed his concerns about the state of art education in London. His letter precipitated a national debate both in Art Monthly and the wider art world. His paintings span a vast variance in style from the approprationist art of the 70s to his brilliantly luminous landscapes of the present day, tracking a fundamental narrative with political, cultural and personal histories within them.

Crowley was a judge on the 25 John Moores panel in 2008. As an applicant he has exhibited eight times, winning prizes in 1987 and 2006.

Matt Roberts

Matt Roberts is a curator and director of Matt Roberts Arts. 'Matt Roberts Arts' is an organisation that seeks to connect UK and international artists with exhibition and professional development opportunities. Operating from an office in Camberwell he curated exhibitions including 'Unheimlich' (The Nunnery Gallery, 2009 and Leeds Met Gallery, 2008) and 'Quixotic Vision' (Dollinger Art Project,Tel-Aviv , 2007). In October 2009 the organisation opened a permanent gallery space on Vyner Street, East London and hosted 'Removed from the Eyes of Strangers', the conclusion of a 5 year research project into the Uncanny, following international exhibitions in Sweden, and Denmark. Matt Roberts is publisher of and has also contributed to A-N magazine, Contemporary magazine and Axis. He also lectures on the MFA at Bezazel, Tel Aviv, Wimbledon College of Art, and Camberwell College of Art.

Kate Jones

Kate Jones is responsible for the contemporary art collection at leading arts business John Jones Ltd. She oversees the company’s support program for emerging artists, which includes the annual Art on Paper Award at Zoo Art Fair and a painting prize as part of Salon 2010. Kate also established the John Jones Project Space, a not for profit exhibition venue for artists to experiment with large scale installations.