BP Portrait Award 2013

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BP Portrait Award 2013
© Susanne du Toit
Susanne du Toit, 'Pieter'
This annual prize exhibition, now in its 34th year, showcases fifty-five painters who approach portrait painting with dynamic zeal and innovative vision. Revolutionising the tradition of portraiture; intimate studies of family members are displayed alongside the odd famous face.


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I'm studying art and portraiture at a level and went to see this exhibition for as part of my research. I thought it was a fascinating look at portraiture and how different artists interpret the human face. Brilliant variety of portraits and interesting to see what each artist was trying to convey through each of their works. Gave me loads of ideas and inspiration for my own work. Good all round!

A rich and varied collection awaits at this year’s outstanding BP Portrait Award. Last year’s tendency toward photorealistic painting has given way to a more diverse collection including expressionist, figurative and abstract portraiture. This year’s winners are all highly talented and deserving of recognition, but the judges were spoilt for choice. Visit before 1 September for your chance to vote in the Visitors’ Choice category, and see if you agree with the judge’s decisions. For more from me, check out www.curatedlondon.co.uk | @CuratedLondon

The portrait awards at the National Gallery is one annual exhibition I try to go see each year and as always leaves me in much discussions with who should have won the big prize. What makes this year extra special is the display of last years winner of the BP Travel Award, something that allows artists to explore a different environment. Carl Randall won by proposing his investigation of life in Japan and his painted portraits of the country and its' people are amazing. It's well worth checking out his book in the gift shop for a more detailed look at the way he works from quick sketches of a scene.