The BP Portrait Award 2013 - First Prize
|Winner of the BP portrait Prize 2013|
Pieter by Susanne de Toit
(1080 x 830mm, oil on canvas)
© Susanne de Toit
Photo © Katherine Tyrrell
It's great to see a woman win the prize for the second year in succession in a competition which has traditionally been dominated by male winners.
Susanne du Toit (b. 1955) is South African born but now lives in Crowthorne in Berkshire.
Her portrait of her eldest son Pieter, aged 35 is part of a series of portraits of her family. In her experience the artist has found that the hands are essential to communicating the personality of the subject and her one condition of his pose was that his hands needed to be prominent.
The averted gaze of this portrait, which was his choice, struck me as characteristic of his reflective character and became intensely engaging
|The Uncertain Time by John Devane|
(1720 x 2490mm, oil on canvas)
© John Devane
Photo © Katherine Tyrrell
The Runner Up Prize of £10,000 went to John Devane (b. 1954) for his large group portrait of his three children Lucy age 25, Laura age 20 and Louis age 15. This is the second time his work has been selected for the Exhibition associated with the Award. In the House of the cellist was selected for the 1995 Exhibition
This Coventry based artist and teacher at Coventry University painted the portrait of his children over three years. The intention of the portrait is that it shows his children emerging from their childhood and beginning to assert their independent and something of their adult selves.
The composition suggests an almost stage-like shallow space constructed in two zones with the three figures placed as if they were awaiting some kind of event.Key points of reference for his work are Courbet, Chardin, Degas, Balthus and Samuel Beckett. John Devane has lectured extensively at various universities since 1980 in Fine Art at BA and MA level. He's held his present position of Head of Department of Design and Visual Arts since 2004. He's also active at a national level in the National Association for Fine Art Education (NAFAE).
|John Devane - 2nd Prize, BP Portrait Award 2013|
(with L to R Bob Dudley, CEO of BP, Sandy Nairne,
Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Joanna Trollope, author)
The BP Young Artist Award
|Owen Normand presented with the Young Artist of the Year Award|
Winner of the Young Artist of the Year
Das Berliner Zimmer by Owen Normand
(The Berlin Room)
© Owen Normand
Photo © Katherine Tyrrell
Owen Normand comes from the North of Scotland but has been working as a painter and illustrator in Berlin since 2010 where his main focus is on portraiture. The portrait is of Owen's girlfriend Hannah painted in her bedroom in Berlin. Apparently the Berliner Zimmer is unique to Berlin - it's the name for a long, dark, room facing into an inner courtyard with just a single window at the far end.
His portrait of Hannah was inspired by her connections to the city, particularly those of her grandmother who moved there in the 1930s and who still lives there today.
He studied at Leith School of Art (2003–04) and Edinburgh College of Art (2004–08).
The BP Travel Award 2013
All selected artists are invited to apply for the BP Travel Award which will be displayed as part of the BP Portrait Award 2014 exhibition.
Winner of the BP Travel Award 2013
(with L to R Bob Dudley, CEO of BP,
Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery,
Joanna Trollope, author)
We will of course be seeing more of Sophie who will be back next year with her exhibition of work arising out of the Award. Last night I introduced Sophie to Carl Randall who won the Award last year.
There will be a blog post about her proposal and travel plans later this week - we're having lunch together tomorrow!
Plus a blog about Carl's superb exhibition relating to his travels in Japan over the last year.
The judges this year saw all the original paintings entered and were:
- Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery (Chair)
- David Dawson, Painter and Photographer (Lucian Freud's Assistant and Photographer)
- Sarah Howgate, Contemporary Curator, National Portrait Gallery
- Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary
- Ali Smith, Author
- Des Violaris, Director, UK Arts & Culture, BP
Sandy Nairne, Director of the NPG commented
The standard of the BP Portrait Award 2013 is as high as ever, and congratulations got to all artists, but especially to Suzanne de Toit for her simple and outstanding portrait of her son.This is the 24th year of BP support for the award and BP CEO Bob Dudley made an eloquent speech highlighting BP's commitment to the arts across the UK over the years.
Tour: The exhibition will tour to:
- Aberdeen Art Gallery (from 2 November 2013 until 1 February 2014) and
- Wolverhampton Art Gallery (from 3 March until 14 June 2014.)
More posts about the BP Portrait Award 2013I'll be blogging about the BP Portrait Award all this week. There will be:
- a review of the exhibition - which hopefully will include a video
- a post about the BP Travel Award 2012 Exhibition by Carl Randall - which is fabulous!
- an interview with Sophie Ploeg about her plans for her Travel Award
- a list of the artists selected for the exhibition - together with statistics about the exhibition
Below you can find previous posts about the BP Portrait Award on this blog.
- BP Portrait Award 2013: Call for Entries 04 Dec 2012
- BP Portrait Award 2013 - The Shortlist 23 April 2013
BP Portrait Award - Shortlisted artists on Making A Mark (2008 - 2012)
- BP Portrait Award 2012 - The Shortlist 05 Apr 2012
- BP Portrait Award 2011 Shortlist 18 Apr 2011
- BP Portrait Award 2010 - Shortlist announced 28 Apr 2010
- BP Portrait Award 2009 - the shortlist 27 May 2009
- BP Portrait Award shortlist announced - a womanwill win! 25 Apr 2008
BP Portrait Award 2012
- Call for Entries: BP Portrait Award 2012 11 Dec 2011
- BP Portrait Award 2012 - 55 Selected Artists 30 May 2012
- Aleah Chapin wins £25,000 BP Portrait Award 2012 19 Jun 2012
- BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2012 (Part 1) 20 Jun 2012
- BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2012 (Part 2) 21 Jun 2012
- Video of BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2012 23 Jun 2012
BP Portrait Award 2011
- BP Portrait Award 2011 Shortlist - identifies shortlisted entries and artists. See if you can guess which work won before reading my review post.
- BP Portrait Award 2011: links to Selected Artists - artists selected for the exhibition in 2011
- Review: BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2011- my review of the exhibition (later than usual)
- BP Travel Awards: 2010 (Paul Beel) and 2011 (Jo Fraser) - information for those interested in the Travel Award
- BP Portrait Award 2011: People's Favourite & Statistics - this is the post in which I analysed last year's entry statistics
BP Portrait Award 2010
- BP Portrait Award 2010 - Shortlist announced)
- BP Portrait Award 2010: List of Exhibitors and Brian Sewell and
- Daphne Todd wins BP Portrait Award 2010
- Two American Artists win BP Portrait Prizes
- BP Portrait Award: Michael Gaskell's unparalled record
- a video of the exhibition see Video - BP Portrait Exhibition 2010 opens today
BP Portrait Award 2009
- BP Portrait Tour & Portrait of the Nation (24 Sep 2009)
- Sue Rubira makes her mark on BP Portrait (18 Jun 2009)
- Exhibition review: BP Portrait Award (18 Jun 2009)
- Peter Monkman wins first prize in BP Portrait Award 2009 (17 Jun 2009)
- BP Portrait Award 2009 - the shortlist (27 May 2009)
- BP Portrait Award - who enters and who gets selected (28 May 2009)
- BP Portrait Award 2009 - Call for Entries (15 Dec 2008)
BP Portrait Award 2008
BP Portrait Award 2007
- Making a Mark: Paul Emsley wins BP Portrait Award (22 Jun 2007)
- View the BP Portrait Award 2007 and BP Travel Award 2006 exhibitions (15 June 2007)
NOTE: Portraiture - Resources for Artists - contains links to all the Portrait Award exhibitions which are still online and past winners plus links to various other portrait competitions.
See Major UK Art Competitions in 2013 for a summary of details about other major art competitions in the UK