Wednesday 25 June 2014

BP Portrait Award

The annual BP Portrait Award 2014 has been won by German artist Thomas Ganter with his portrait of a vagrant: Man With A Plaid Blanket (2013). Ganter wins £30,000. The vagrant, whose name is Karel, earns a meagre living by cleaning car windscreens. The second prize of £10,000 went to Richard Twose for his portrait of pensioner Jean Woods. Richard is a teacher and artist who lives in Bath, England. New Yorker David Jon Kassan won the £8,000 third prize for A Letter To My Mom (2013). The exhibition of the top 55 entries (out of a record 2,377) opens tomorrow at the National Portrait Gallery in London, admission free (CLICK). For the first time in its history, portraits by a husband and wife have been selected for the show: Tim Hall and Henrietta Graham. They share a studio outside the fishing village of Mousehole in Cornwall (CLICK).


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