— BP Portrait Award 2011 – Holly

Yesterday I went to a private viewing of ‘Glamour of the Gods – Hollywood Portraits’,  in the National Portrait Gallery.

While I was there I also visited the BP Portrait Award 2011 and this beautiful painting of ‘Holly’ by Louis Smith, who won the second prize, captured me immediately.

 

The final image in this post is this year’s BP Portrait Prize winner, ‘Distracted’ by Wim Heldens.

 

Holly
by Louis Smith with help from Carmel Said, 2010
Oil on canvas
12 x 8′

 

Louis Smith, from Manchester, studied painting at Sheffield Hallam University and scene painting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He has exhibited in Britain and Italy. He was a BP Portrait Award exhibitor in 2009.

 

Louis’ huge portrait is an allegory of the Prometheus story re-imagined in female form – as punishment for stealing fire from Zeus Prometheus was chained to a rock where an eagle ate his liver daily only for it to grow back to be eaten the next day: ‘It’s a message of composure in the face of adversity, something we can all draw strength from in our struggle to make a living each day.’

 

The final image in this post is this year’s BP Portrait Prize winner, ‘Distracted’ by Wim Heldens.

 

Via NPG

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