Friday, August 26, 2011

BP Portrait Award 2011: links to Selected Artists

BP Portrait Award 2011 - Catalogue
Yesterday I realised that my normal listing of all those artists selected for the BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2011 had been "bounced" by preparation for painting in Provence.

Here then is the "added value" list of all those artists selected for the BP Portrait Award.
  • For those uncertain as to whether their artwork measures up to the art competition, it's useful to review the websites of selected artists in order to assess the standard of work done by selected artists. 
  • However do bear in mind that websites can be very deceptive as to the size of work.
This year I've
  • included links to their websites 
    • artists with names in bold either have their own website or a proper gallery website which features their paintings - where you can see more of their work. 
    • non-bold names have a link to their page on the exhibition website where you can see their entry (but no other work).
  • split the selected artists up by continent/country - allocated, broadly speaking, to the country where they are now based or are now associated with.  I may have got this wrong.  If so, shout out and I will correct.
  • highlighted which artists have been selected in previous years 
  • highlighted if artists have won any prizes in previous years.
I'll maybe come back and crunch some numbers having now got them sorted - but right now I want my dinner!
Note to prospective candidates for 2012 - if you get selected for the exhibition next year do please try and get a basic website with images of your work, details about you and ways of contacting you sorted BEFORE the exhibition!  This is one of the best opportunities to market your work to galleries and collectors that you will EVER get!  I shall have more to say in this topic - maybe next week!

[Update:  WHOOPS!  Just realised that the exhibitors list left out all the prizewinners!!!  So I've now updated the following listing to include them]

  • Noel Bensted BA Hons, MA - (BP: first time)
  • Richard Brazier - studied at Chelsea Art School and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. (BP: 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2007)
  • Celie Byrne - studied painting and drawing at Edinburgh College of Art, the School of Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Stirling. (BP: first time)
  • Shona Chew - self-taught (BP: first time)
  • Alan Coulson - studied at Harrogate College of Art and Design (BP 2010)
  • Ian Cumberland - studied fine art at the University of Ulster. ( (BP 2009; 3rd  prizewinner BP Portrait Award 2011)
  • Colin Davidson - BA (Honours) degree in design at the University of Ulster (BP: first time)
  • JJ (Jeremy) Delvine (BP: 2006)
  • Wendy Elia - studied at Saint Martins College of Art and is a painter, lecturer and tutor.  (BP Portrait 1983, 1984 and 2010)
  • Lee Fether - design degree from Central School of Art and Design (BP Portrait 2009)
  • Daniel Fooks - studied at Edinburgh College of Art and is Head of Art at Godalming College (BP: first time)
  • Nathan Ford - BA (Hons) degree in fine art at Byam Shaw School of Art (BP Portrait 2000 and 2010)
  • Jo Fraser - first class honours degree from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (BP: first time; BP Travel Award Winner 2011)
  • Tomas Georgeson - MA in fine art at Central Saint Martin’s College (BP: first time)
  • Leigh Glover studied Heatherley’s School of Fine Art, London  (BP: first time)
  • Chris Holt BA (Honours) degree in fine art from the University of Reading  (BP: first time)
  • Layla Lyons - BA (Honours) degree in fine art at the University of East London  (BP: first time) 
  • Raoul Martinez - apprenticed to a professional painter (BP: first time)
  • Jennifer Mcrae - studied fine art at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen. (BP Portrait Award: 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009.  BP Travel Award: winner 1999)
  • Tony Noble - studied fine art at Loughborough College of Art (BP 2008 and 2010)
  • Catherine Parsonage - fine art student at Manchester Metropolitan University (BP: first time)
  • Isobel Peachey - studied fine art at Wimbledon School of Art (BP 2009; BP Travel Award - winner 2009)
  • Thea Penna - studied at Breton Hall College; MA in printed textiles at the Royal College of Art. (BP 2010)
  • Louise Pragnell - studied history of art and fine art at Edinburgh University, Edinburgh College of Art and Florence Academy of Art (BP: first time)
  • Olha Pryymak - studied at the Youth Art School, Lutsk, Ukraine followed by an apprenticeship  (BP: first time)
  • Angela Reilly - studied at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art, Dundee (BP 2006, 2008)
  • Philip Renforth - trained in fine art (BP 2007, 2009 and 2010)
  • Fiona Scott - trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee (BP 1991)
  • Joe Simpson - studied fine art at the University of Leeds (BP: first time)
  • Barbara Skingle - studied painting at Alberta College of Art and Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. (BP: first time)
  • Louis Smith (with help from Carmel Said) - Smith studied at Tameside College and Sheffield University (BP 2009; 2nd prizewinner BP Portrait Award 2011)
  • Benjamin Sullivan - studied at Grimsby College of Art and Design and Edinburgh College of Art (BP Portrait 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010)
  • Edward Sutcliffe - studied art with art history, University of Wales, Aberystwyth; post-graduate diploma at Central Saint Martins (BP Portrait 2000, 2007, 2009 and 2010)
  • Harriet White - trained at Bath Spa University College and Falmouth Art College (BP 2008)
  • Wen Wu - studied painting at Tsinghua University Academy of Art, Beijing and London Metropolitan University.  (BP: first time)
  • Raoof Haghighi (Iranian) studied at Kharajy Art School, Shiraz and the Institute of Iranian Art and Cultural Heritage (BP: first time)
North America
  • Mark Bush - studied fine art at Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio (BP: first time)
  • David Eichenberg - studied sculpture and painting at the University of Toledo, Ohio - (BP: 3rd prize 2010)
  • Tim Okamura (note: website excluded as it generated a browser warning about malware)  studied at Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada and the School of Visual Arts, New York ( BP Portrait 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 2006 2008 2010).
  • Matthew Schofield - studied at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and the Ontario College of Art and Design. (BP: first time)
  • Sertan Saltan studied with an Azerbaijani artist in Istanbul; Teymur Rzayev in his atelier in Istanbul. BFA in product design at the University of New York. (BP Portrait Award 2011 - The Young Artist Prize
Will your name be here next year?

How about you? Do you want to see your name in the list of selected artists next year? Are you planning to enter next year?

Details of how to enter are released in mid December on the website - and these will be highlighted on this blog as well.

Fill in the form to get the details of the Call for Entries for the BP Portrait Award 2012


This is the 32nd year of The Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery.  It aims to encourage artists to focus upon, and develop, the theme of painted portraiture within their work. It's also the 22nd year of its sponsorship by BP.


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