Curated by artist Chris Stevens, 50 works focused on everyday life celebrate the strength of British painting over the last century.

While in recent years artists have tended to favour the mediums of installation, photography and film, this exhibition sets out to prove that painting has not been eclipsed by its more fashionable successors, and is still highly relevant in Britain today.

Featuring the likes of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Ken Currie and Paula Rego, works on display tackle a diverse range of contemporary subjects, from the body and relationships to history, politics and war – each revealing something of the artist's own reality.

David Hockney's My Parents, for example, offers an honest insight into long-term relationships and growing old, while George Shaw’s depiction of his home town, Coventry, expresses the mundanity of life in surburbia in a way that is tender in its affection.

Walker Art Gallery

William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 8EL

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Daily, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24, 25, 26 and 31 Dec and 1 Jan

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