Byline: Liz Thomas
MAYBE he has hidden depths - a considerable achievement for a cartoon. But somehow Homer Simpson has found himself helping to win this year's Turner Prize.
Merseyside artist Mark Leckey was awarded the [pounds sterling]25,000 prize for his exhibition, Industrial Light & Magic.
It includes a lecture, called Cinema-in-the-Round, which features an episode of The Simpsons in which Homer registers his horror as he turns into a threedimensional being.
After the award was presented at Tate Britain in London last night, Mr Leckey, 44, dismissed critics such as Brian Sewell, who had slammed the quality of the entries this year.
'The critics like middlebrow art, I don't make middlebrow art,' Mr Leckey said. 'If you are working as an artist nowadays the worst place to be, in terms of critics, is Britain. If you go to America or Europe, they look at your work and try to understand it. Here they don't.' He was the only man on the shortlist, beating Goshka Macuga, Runa Islam and Cathy Wilkes to win the prize, which has had only three female winners since it began in 1984. …