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.