Ideas Factory

BP Portrait Award 2016

Today I visited the BP Portrait Award Exhibition, held at the National Portrait Gallery. The Award, now in its 37th year, has become internationally prestigious with 2,557 entries from around the world.

Showcasing contemporary portraiture that remained loyal to timeless technique, the work in this exhibition beautifully and memorably captured the individuality and refinement of human form and expression.

The subtlety and purity of Clara Drummond’s 'Girl in a Liberty Dress' won her the first prize of the Portrait Award, but it was Laura Guake’s painting titled 'Petras' that really took me. The story behind the painting and the sheer scale of it, as well as the precision of the technique and execution of the final outcome was what made this painting really stand out.

The exhibition closes on the 4th of September and is an incredible one to visit if you can.

The Summer Exhibition

The Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy is like an institution within the art world, and has been going since 1769. Put together this year by Richard Wilson, the exhibition displays over 1,100 works.

An array of innovative and exciting ideas were displayed through the beautifully executed outcomes, each created in mediums complementary to the styles of the artists work.

A piece that really stood out for me was titled ‘Migration’ and was a scene of galloping horses, each intricately laced in wires, which formed a structure depicting a forest landscape. The depth, detail and beauty of this piece was hugely captivating.

The Summer Exhibition is running up until the 21st of August and is worth a visit for a chance to catch a snapshot of the next generation of contemporary art.