An imaginary artist whose subjects, materials and portraits are also imaginary has been nominated for the 2013 Turner Prize in a move which has divided the art world.
The award has long been known for celebrating pieces which needed certain a degree of input from the viewer in order to be regarded as anything more than a haphazardly-arranged assortment of everyday objects, exhibited alongside a soundtrack of yodelling children. But this is the first time a nominated artist and their work have been entirely imaginary.
The BBC's arts correspondent Will Gompertz said the move marked a "watershed moment in British art" adding that "never again will an art lover's enjoyment of a landscape at dawn be hampered by an overzealous artist's insistence on drawing a tin of soup".
But the move has drawn criticisms, many from other nominees who claim imaginary artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's collection "panders to the masses" by allowing viewers to look at whatever they want, rather than forcing them to draw some kind of meaningful conclusion from a photo of a dog holding a witty placard.
Displaying the works may not prove as easy as thought for the Turner Committee, however. Yiadom-Boakye's collection includes one piece which has been imagined to be so vast that the roof of the gallery in Derry may need to be removed just to get the picture into the building.
Being imaginary, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was unavailable to comment on rumours that Madonna has already placed a bid for one portrait - thought to be either a harrowing depiction of life in rural Romania during the Ceaucescu years, or a kitten in a tissue box, depending on who you ask.