BP Portrait Awards 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery

The winners, the prizes and details of the current exhibition…

Won by Benjamin Sullivan for his piece entitled 'Breech!', First Prize consisted of £30,000 plus a discretionary £5,000.

Won by Benjamin Sullivan for his piece entitled ‘Breech!’, First Prize consisted of £30,000 plus a discretionary £5,000.

Selected from over 2,500 entries, the BP Portrait Award 2017 the competition features a variety of approaches to the genre, from ‘informal and personal studies of family members, to revealing images of famous faces’.  Now in its 38th year, the portrait exhibition has been sponsored by BP for the last 28 years.

The prizes were awarded thus:-

'Jack' by Casper White, 2017. The Travel Award 2017 winner, White will be able to undertake his portraiture in a different setting with his £6,000 prize money.

‘Jack’ by Casper White, 2017. The Travel Award 2017 winner, White will be able to undertake his portraiture in a different setting with his £6,000 prize money.

The Young Artist Award went to a stunning piece by Henry Christian-Slane, entitled ‘Gabi’.  The prize is awarded to artists aged from 18 to 30, and must be a different artist to the BP Portrait Artist winner.

The judges felt that this ‘sensitive painting captures a moment in time and a casual, fleeting expression, rather than the ‘held’ pose more usual in formal portrait painting…’.

The painting features Henry’s partner Gabi, sitting at his parents’ house in Auckland, New Zealand.  He chose this particular pose because of the ‘contemplative but slightly frowning expression that resulted’.

The exhibition will run until 24th September 2017 and has free entry.  See #BPPortrait for details.

 

[Credits: npg.org.uk]

'Gabi' by Henry Christian-Slane, winner of the Young Portrait Artist Award, 2017.

‘Gabi’ by Henry Christian-Slane, winner of the Young Portrait Artist Award, 2017.

 

 

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