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BP Portrait Award

 The Skateboarder by Erik Olson Oil on Canvas

The Skateboarder by Erik Olson Oil on Canvas

The BP Portrait Award showcases the very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world. For thirty-three years, of which the last twenty-three have been sponsored by BP, the exhibition has presented outstanding and innovative new work in a variety of styles and approaches, and it continues to be a highlight of the annual art calendar.

From informal and personal studies of friends and family, to revealing paintings of famous faces, this year’s exhibition features fifty-five works selected from 2,187 international entries. These include the four shortlisted artists – Aleah Chapin for Auntie, Alan Coulson for Richie Culver, Ignacio Estudillo for El abuelo (Augustin Estudillo) and Jamie Routley for Tony Lewis – as well as the work of the BP Travel Award 2011 winner Jo Fraser.

Exhibition organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Associated events

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation Free Taster Sessions Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 April, 10.30am to 1pm. Free.

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation Spring School Thursday 4 to Friday 5 April, 10.30am to 4pm, by application but free.

Evening Lecture: What Makes a Great Portrait? Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Chair of the judging panel for the BP Portrait Award, will talk about the portraits in this year’s exhibition on Tue 7 May.

 

Supported by BP

Display in full size

9 February to 19 May 2013

Entry

Gallery 21

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