BP Portrait Awards 2019

A bit of a regular thing for me,  taking a day out to go to London and see the BP portrait Awards and the Summer Exhibition at the RA. I will post some  stuff from that a bit later.

Lots of super hyper realistic paintings in this years Exhibition, you have to admire the technical ability of the artists, but for me you can’t beat a few obvious  brush strokes in a portrait.

You cant go agreeing with the judges and this years winner did not get my vote. But what do I know.

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my vote went to…

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and my other likes

 

Great exhibition I always come away with great admiration for the artist and some inspiration to keep having a go at this art stuff.

 

BP Portrait Awards 2018

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Took myself down to London to see the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery and the Summer exhibition at the Royal Academy, more of that in another post.

I always find this exhibition an inspiration and a illustration of just how much there is to learn. I don’t think I will ever get there but you need to look at the work of others to improve, I took time to study hair and the boundaries between  subjects and background. I am not sure I am any wiser.

Some tremendous hyperrealism paintings, you have to wonder at the skillset  to produce this work, I always wonder if I am blown away by the technique or the subject.

I think everyone has their own winner and the  picture that engaged me the most by its presence in the room and the clever use of a highlight on her ring constantly pulling your eye from her face was Gaela Erwins Portrait of Neema Tambo.

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My own short list below-