Judging by the coverage of the exhibition that I've found via Google, this interview is the only one with the artist where there is anything new to say beyond what was produced by the National Portrait Gallery as part of their press release.
We talked about:
- how he came to enter the BP Portrait Award
- how the process worked for him
- the difference made by the fact the first round is now 100% digital entry
- what it was like being without the painting - until he saw it again in the gallery
It also includes an interesting comment on looking at the painting and looking at a photo of the painting! That's one which I hope a few people will ponder on!
|Matak Ben Cnaan with his visually arresting portrait of |
"Annabelle and Guy"
which won the £30,000 First Prize in
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About Matan Ben Cnaan
Matan lives and works in Emek-Jezreel in the north of Israel and he is the first Israeli artist to win the award. (I have to apologise to Matan for the fact I got the name of the valley he lives in wrong in my video!)
He initially trained as an art teacher. In 2007, he graduated with a B.Ed degree in Fine Arts and Educational Sciences from Oranim Academic College. He then went on to do a Masters Degree in Fine art at Haifa University.
Pn his website he talks about his work....
I am a contemporary Israeli painter. In my work I study and capture the local Israeli with a non-romantic yet sentimental view. The land and its people partake equally in my view of today’s Israel.... Politics as well as Historical and Biblical themes are for me like the mythological and religious inspirations for the Old Masters creations.This is:
You can read more about the painting in my previous two posts:
- Israeli artist Matan Ben Cnaan wins BP Portrait Prize 2015 - BP Portrait Award 2015: Images and details of the prizewinners at last night's Awards Ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
- Shortlist for £30000 BP Portrait Award 2015 announced - Review of the portraits and painters shortlisted for the £30000 BP Portrait Award 2015.
More videos about the BP Portrait
You can find my interviews with previous BP Portrait Award Winners on Making A Mark - the Video Channel on YouTube. This is my Portrait and Travel Awards Playlist
These include other Winners of the First Prize:
- 2014: Thomas Ganter Winner of BP Portrait Award 2014
- 2012: Aleah Chapin Winner BP Portrait Award 2012
You can see the 2015 BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
More about the BP Portrait 2015
Selected Artists - BP Portrait Award 2015
- How to enter the £30000 BP Portrait Award 2015
- BP Portrait Award 2015 entry goes digital
BP Portrait Award - previous years
I've been covering the BP Portrait Award for some years and have an extensive archive of posts relating to previous competitions which I know are much studied by those contemplating an entry!
BP Portrait Award - Shortlisted artists on Making A Mark:
- Shortlist announced for BP Portrait Award 2014 17 Apr 2014
- BP Portrait Award 2013 - The Shortlist 23 April 2013
- 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 woman will win! 25 Apr 2008
BP Portrait award 2014
- BP Portrait Award 2014 - Call for Entries 03 Dec 2013 - A review of why and how to enter the BP Portrait Award 2014 - plus how it can benefit a portrait artist's career.
- Shortlist announced for BP Portrait Award 2014 17 Apr 2014
- BP Portrait Award 2014 - Video of presentation to prizewinners
- BP Portrait Award: From 2,500+ entries to just three artists
- BP Portrait Award 2014 Exhibition - review and video 01 Jul 2014 - A video and review of the BP Portrait Award 2014 Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
- A video interview with Thomas Ganter, Winner of the BP Portrait Award 2015 26 Jun 2014
- Richard Twose and David Jon Kassan - video interviews with BP Portrait Awardwinners 2014
BP Portrait Award 2013
- BP Portrait Award 2013: Call for Entries The competition is open to all artists living anywhere in the world who are aged 18 and over on 1st January 2013.
- BP Portrait Award 2013 - Selected Artists and Statistics - list of selected portraits / exhibiting artists for the 2012 Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
- BP Portrait Award 2013 - The Shortlist - identifies those shortlisted. See if you can guess which work won before reading my review post.
- Susanne de Toit wins £30,000 BP Portrait Award 2013 - BP Portrait Award 2012 Prizewinners
- BP Portrait Exhibition 2013 - Video & Review - A Makingamark Video of a walk around the BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery
- Sophie Ploeg wins BP Travel Award 2013 - information for those interested in the Travel Award
- Carl Randall's Japan - the best BP Travel Award Exhibition ever!
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
- Paul Emsley wins BP Portrait Award (22 Jun 2007)
- View the BP Portrait Award 2007 and BP Travel Award 2006 exhibitions(15 June 2007)