At 63, artist is oldest winner and first black woman to pick up the art award

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – 12:51pm

Lubaina Himid has won the Turner Prize for what judges describe as her “expansive and exuberant approach to painting, which combines satire and a sense of theatre”.

The 63-year-old is the first black woman and the first artist over the age of 50 to be awarded the £25,000 prize for contemporary art, after the age limit was removed this year, reports the Financial Times.

Himid, born in Zanzibar but now living in Preston, “arguably, has been overlooked and undervalued for most of her career”, says The Guardian.

“I won it for all the times where we put our heads above the parapet, we tried to do things, we failed, people died in the meantime … for all the black women who never did win it even though they had been shortlisted … it feels good for that reason,” Himid said.

Her section of the Turner Prize exhibition, in Hull, contains work spanning from the 1980s to the present-day. The centrepiece is 1987’s A Fashionable Marriage, based on William Hogarth’s Marriage A-la-Mode, “which features a cast of cut-out characters including a flirting Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan”, says the BBC.

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