Spanish portrait painter Miriam Escofet is shortlisted for her portrait of her elderly mother, An Angel At My Table, which she declares an attempt to ‘transmit an idea of the Universal Mother, who is at the centre of our psyche and emotional world.’ Also in the running is American artist Felicia Forte, for her colourful, vibrant portrait of her sleeping boyfriend, Matthew DeJong (above). Forte says she was struck by the unusual aesthetics of the scene at the time of conception – the ‘cool light from the window meeting intense red light from the bedside lamp and the loneliness of the sleeper amidst the festive colours.’
Ania Hobson, Detail: A Portrait of two Female Painters, 2017
Also nominated is Suffolk-based Ania Hobson's portrait of herself with her sister-in-law, Stevie Dix, also a painter. With its unusual perspective, the portrait explores the complex relationship between Hobson and Dix as painters in the studio. The fourth shortlisted portrait is by Chinese artist Zhu Tongyao. Painted while Tongyao was studying at the The Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Simone depicts the son of the neighbours who looked after him while there.
National Portrait Gallery Director, Dr Nicholas Cullinan, also Chair of the Judges, said that the 'BP Portrait Award is an annual celebration of contemporary painted portraiture by artists of all ages from across the world. [...]Judging anonymously requires each panel member to address precisely what they believe makes an outstanding portrait, weighing up the relative importance of technique, likeness, narrative, structure and the overall impact of a work through a lively process of debate and discussion'.
Now in its 39th year, the award aims to promote and support emerging and existing global talent. The exhibition always draws a variety of responses to the portraiture remit, with intensely human stories at the heart of the works. The prize winners will be announced on the evening of Monday 11 June 2018.
|What||BP Portrait Award 2018, National Portrait Gallery, London|
|Where||National Portrait Gallery , St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
14 Jun 18 – 23 Sep 18, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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