Thursday, 19 July 2012

Kelly Holmes at NPG

Just in time for the London Olympics, the National Portrait Gallery in London has unveiled this portrait of double-gold-winning Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes (2012) painted by Craig Wylie. He won the commission as part of the First Prize BP Portrait Award 2008. It's a sombre, reflective portrait which fails to capture Dame Kelly's vibrant personality. Craig worked from his own photos of her, maybe a mistake. You'll find the portrait in the Lerner Galleries, Room 36. And don't forget the free BP Portrait Award exhibition, one of the handful of London 2012 Festival shows worth visiting (CLICK).


At 19/7/12, Anonymous Andrea said...

It may be a very good likeness of her but, as you said, Dame Kelly Holmes has a vibrancy which he has failed to capture. Also, he has managed to make someone whose smile makes her look younger than her years, look older. He should have asked her to sit for him.

At 19/7/12, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Yes. Good Painting, poor portrait.


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