— BP Portrait Awards 2012

The English Group has worked with the UK’s National Portrait Gallery for many years and every year looks forward to the Gallery’s flagship BP Portrait awards event.

The First Prize this year has been awarded to Aleah Chapin for Auntie.


Brooklyn-based Aleah Chapin has just completed a MFA in painting at the New York Academy of Art. She gained her BFA at Cornish College of the Arts in her native Seattle and attended a residency at the Leipzig International Art Programme in Germany in 2011. A recipient of several awards including the Posey Foundation Scholarship, Judith Kindler and Kyle Johnson Scholarship for Innovation in the Arts, and nominated for the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant, Chapin’s work has been included in solo and group shows in the US and Europe.


Her portrait is of a close friend of the family and is part of a series of nude portraits of women Aleah has known all of her life. She says: ‘The fact that she has known me since birth is extremely important. Her body is a map of her journey through life. In her, I see the personification of strength through an unguarded and accepting presence.’


The projects that The English Group have worked on with the NPG include producing Limited Edition books to accompany both the lifetime retrospective of celebrated movie star portraitist Cornel Lucas and the exhibition ‘Heads Of Business’ showcasing photographer Harry Borden’s portraits of those heading many of Britain’s most important businessese. The agency have also helped source sponsorship for the Bryan Adams exhibition ‘Modern Muses’ and produced the exhibition monograph, and worked with the Gallery on it’s annual Portrait gala fund-raising initiative (for which I was asked to join the Gallery’s Executive Committee).


For more information, visit the National Portrait Gallery

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