Last night, it was revealed that Gareth Reid was the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 - and had won a career-changing £10,000 commission to paint Graham Norton (who for the uninitiated is a television and radio 'national treasure' in the UK).
Sky broadcast two programmes back to back last night.
- The first related to the Final held at the National Portrait Gallery last year.
- The second related to the story of the winner and the painting of the commission.
- The Commission
- The Final
- Gareth Reid
- How to see the exhibition about the Portrait Artist of the Year 2017
- How to watch the Heats for the Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 - NEXT MONTH!
The prize portrait commission for the winning artist was revealed on New Year’s Eve as television presenter and comedian Graham Norton.
|Graham Reid with his portrait of Graham Norton|
|Graham Norton and Gareth Reid|
"Out of all the people who entered, getting the opportunity to paint Graham, out of all the people they could have chosen, and it turning out we're third cousins"The portrait will hang in The National Gallery of Ireland and goes on public display in the Millennium Wing of the Dublin gallery TODAY.
"The most important thing for me was the privilege of having a painting in a national public collection, but the thing you just can't buy is the exposure on this scale. For years you do the work and it's a very slow and often frustrating process getting it out there. But a big prize, especially a televised one, will definitely help the cause. We'll wait and see how it goes." Gareth ReidI think it's a great portrait being both a really good likeness and having a nice painterly quality to it.
The official "Nortrait". @SkyArts #portraitartistoftheyear @CASSART @grahnort @NGIreland pic.twitter.com/55T5p3TdUu— Gareth Reid (@TheReidArt) 15 March 2017
Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 - The Final
Let's not forget where it all started - and I'll have a reminder at the end about how you can watch the 2018 competition
The finalists were had beaten 51 other artists to get to the Final. They were:
- Gareth Reid - see below for more about Gareth
- Kimberly Klauss - an American artist living in London
- Liam Dickinson - a Lancashire painter
Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell presented the show. The sitter for the final was veteran actor Tom Courtenay.
Our 3 incredible finalists are about to go canvas to canvas one last time. The final of 'Portrait Artist of the Year 2017' starts at 8pm. pic.twitter.com/HI7XLhJY7h— Sky Arts (@SkyArts) 14 March 2017
Progress during the final was scrutinised by judges Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan, prior to deciding on who should be the winner.
The final is finally here with less than 30 mins to go. Who do you want to see crowned #PortraitArtistoftheYear? pic.twitter.com/HcyluMSJ0C— Sky Arts (@SkyArts) 14 March 2017
About Gareth Reid
Gareth Reid was born in 1974 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He now lives and works in Glasgow in Scotland.
- Gareth studied at Glasgow School of Art (1993/96) and the Florence Academy of Art (1998/99)
- He was a drawing tutor in Con Ed at Glasgow School of Art
- He now teaches at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Strathclyde University
- Plus he also runs weekly life drawing classes at Cass Art Glasgow - on Thursday between 5-7pm
I knew I knew the name! I think I spoke to him back in 2007 at the BP Portrait Award evening when he won the BP Travel Award. This was my blog post about the excellent exhibition he had at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2008 - BP Travel Award: Gareth Reid and the Finnish winter bathers
His artwork is in the permanent collections of National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast; The Old Bailey, London and Ralph Lauren, New York.
He got to the Final by winning Heat Six with his portrait of TV presenter Adrian Chiles. He then went on to impress the judges in the semi-final with his portrayal of award-winning actress Imelda Staunton.
In the final, Gareth produced two pieces:
- a commissioned portrait of The Hon. Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, a judge of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, and the first Asian woman to serve as a High Court judge in the UK; and
- a detailed portrait of actor Tom Courtenay completed in charcoal, watercolour, pencil and pastels.
I use Nitram Charcoal, a hangover from my days in Florence. Unusually it comes in grades of hardness and I mostly use the H for the finer parts of the drawings on canvas. The advantage is that is can be sharpened to a very fine point and anything else is too soft to deal with the sandpaper-like roughness of the canvas. Cass Arts InterviewYou can follow Gareth Reid as follows:
About The Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 Winners Exhibition
Right now you can catch the exhibition of winning portraits from the Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 at the Wallace Collection in Manchester Square in London. The exhibition closes on Friday 31st March 2017.
Opening today - @Skyarts #PortraitArtistoftheYear 2017 Winners Exhibition, free to enter - find out more here: https://t.co/Xgpv7JzbpO pic.twitter.com/m5Gc6BbZb3— Wallace Collection (@WallaceMuseum) 8 March 2017
There's also an exhibition of drawings by Gareth Reid at Cass Arts in Glasgow between 16-26 March. There's a Private View tomorrow night for those who can get along (just click the link to see how).
Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018
The new series of Portrait Artist of the Year begins filming next month at the Wallace Collection, London.
This was my blog post back in January about the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 - Call for Entries. In it you can read about the arrangements for viewing the heats of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 - again being held at the Wallace Collection.
All the heats are open to the public - filming takes place on these dates:You can still watch this series of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year on Sky's on demand catch-up service.
5, 6 and 7th April
10, 11, and 12th April.
The semi-final will be filmed at a London location on Monday 24th April 2017