Friday, August 27, 2010

Shaun Downey and Blue Coco

This is a really lovely video which has just been posted on YouTube by Shaun Downey (Shaun Downey)- an artist from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada - whose portrait Blue Coco was the featured portrait used for marketing the BP Portrait Award.

It's an excellent demonstration of how this Award can give some really wonderful spin-off marketing for an artist's work.  Each year around five portraits are chosen for postcards, posters and other marketing material - which all get a very wide circulation

Toronto based artist Shaun Downey visits the BP Portrait Award 2010, the most prestigious competition of it's kind in the world, at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. Shaun's painting, "Blue Coco" was one of 58 paintings selected from a record 2,177 International entries . His painting was also chosen as the main image of the ad campaign for the exhibition, featured on posters around the UK, the exhibition catologue, and a banner draping the front of the National Portrait Gallery.

It's also an excellent explanation of an artist's perspective on the other portraits in the exhibition - and much better than my video of the whole exhibition which you can see here - BP Portrait Award 2010 Exhibition.  I've got a feeling he's done a few more than me and he's certainly got a better camcorder!

Links:  27 posts about the BP Portrait Award on Making A Mark


sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Thoroughly enjoyed this video Katherine, thanks for posting it. Also loved 'Blue Coco' and congratulate Shaun Downey on his success (and excellent recording). The standard of work exhibited is so high - I don't envy the judges their job! Best wishes, Lesley

Mona Diane Conner said...

I look forward to entering BP next year, and this was so inspiring to watch. Thanks for posting it, and thanks to Shaun for sharing his experience of visiting the show!

Hedera said...

Thank you for posting the video Katherine. Loved it!! "Blue Coco" is stunning - congratulations to all.

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