Lubaina Himid becomes the oldest ever victor of the Turner Prize

Lubaina Himid becomes the oldest ever victor of the Turner Prize

The African artist, now Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire, is best known for her paintings, drawings, printmaking, and installations that centre on black identity, her works making reference to the African diaspora and the slave industry.

Lubaina Himid, 63, on Tuesday became the oldest victor of the Turner Prize, Britain's most prestigious yet controversial visual art award, for her works celebrating black creativity. Himid was praised for her "uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today".

The announcement was made an an event in Hull, now the UK's City of Culture.

The winning artist said she felt "like I won it for a lot of people, so that's why it means a lot".

The jury commended the nominated artists for their socially engaged and visually imaginative work.

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"It reflects well on the motivation for lifting it which is an increasing sense that the work of older artists has been making considerable impact on what we're looking at and how we're thinking about art today", Farquharson said. Perhaps seismically. For the first time in a long time (aside from the relentlessly predictable cycle of auction records) contemporary art has elbowed its way back onto the front pages - and thrillingly.

Founded in 1984, the annual Turner Prize is regarded as the UK's most important art award. The show at the renovated Ferens Art Gallery includes Himid's ceramic dinner service tracing the history of the slave trade and its abolition, and her satirical tableau of cut-out painted figures inspired by William Hogarth's Marriage à la Mode.

Lubaina Himid works with diverse techniques, mainly engravings, paintings and installations with diverse materials. People have died in the meantime. "It feels good for that reason". She often takes her paintings off the gallery wall so that her images become objects that surround the viewer.

The works are joined by Anderson's dream-like tropical landscape paintings, Büttner's woodblock prints of beggars and two films by Nashashibi-a commission for the Imperial War Museum observing daily life in Gaza and Vivian's Garden, which explores the relationship between the mother-and-daughter artists in Guatemala, Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter.