|NPG 6974: Anthonly Charles Lynton ('Tony') Blair (b.1953) |
by Alastair Adams PRP (b.1969), 2013
Oil on board, 1221 x 920mm (48 1/8 x 36 1/4 ins)
© National Portrait Gallery, London
I've not seen it yet but first impressions suggest it's an excellent portrait. The pose is of a very direct "look you in the eyes" view which is very characteristic of the man himself. It's also nice to see a portrait which is not too formal.
The four foot by three foot painting of Tony Blair by Alastair Adams is in Room 37 in the Ground Floor Lerner Contemporary Galleries at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from Friday 20 December, Admission Free.
‘I believe in creating natural, unassuming paintings based on an incisive, observational drawing practice’.He began the process of painting a portrait of Tony Blair in the spring of 2011. The first sittings took place at Tony Blair’s home, South Pavilion in Wotton Underwood, in Buckinghamshire - which used to be home to John Gielgud. He initially worked on sketches to establish a definitive pose. He next developed several portraits in oils and in graphite - working from life and using photographs for reference - before arriving at the one which has now taken its place in the Gallery.
For those interested in portraiture, Adams also holds a research based lecturing position at Loughborough University, practicing portraiture and publishing papers that examine commissioned portraiture, life drawing within a modern educational context, drawing and visualisation and facial difference. He is also a Co-Director of the contemporary drawing research group and journal, TRACEY.
Anybody wishing to see more of Alastair's work can do so via his web site or via his page on the Royal Society of Portrait Painters website.