Michael Simpson (b.1940, UK) has been awarded the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize for his painting Squint (19).

Simpson's ongoing series of Leper Squint paintings reference an architectural feature common in European medieval churches that allowed lepers and 'undesirable people' to witness services without upsetting the congregation.

As student at the RCA in the early 1960s, Simpson shared a studio with David Hockney; Hockney was the 1967 recipient of the John Moores Painting Prize and nearly fifty years later his peer Simpson has received the same accolade.

The four other shortlisted artists were: Talar Aghbashian, Gabriella Boyd, Benjamin Jamie, Selma Parlour.