This year I'm taking a different approach to my coverage of the BP Portrait Exhibition 2010. During the Press View yesterday morning I shot a video of the entire exhibition. It's very definitely handheld and shaky in parts however I hope it gives you a real sense of the type and size of work which was selected this year. That's not to say that next year's exhibition will look like this. Every year is always different.
What's different in 2010?
I think it's a very good exhibition this year. There's much more diversity, fewer "big heads" and a greater range of ways in which subjects have been treated. Self portraits are getting more and more interesting and the ensemble portraits also demonstrate innovation. To my mind, creativity seems to have taken over from photorealism. That's not to say there aren't some exquisite portraits which have captured the detail. It's just that they don't look like photos - they're better than photos!
See a virtual exhibition
But don't take my word for it - see for yourself. Below are the links to my video and the virtual version of the exhibition on the NPG website
BP Portrait Award 2010 is the link to my VIDEO OF THE EXHIBITION on YouTube. I've not embedded it here as it's nearly 8 minutes long and this blog takes long enough to load already!
Many thanks to Neil and Eleanor and all at the National Portrait Gallery Press Office for their kind permission to video the exhibition. I'm still getting to grips with processing videos on my iMac so please excuse the lack of technical wizardry with the video I shot.
These are the links to: The Exhibition
- Prize Winners - see the prizewinners work
- Exhibitors - see all the portraits in the exhibition
- Commissioned works executed by previous BP Award winners
There are some great stories behind the images. The Jameson family are having a real family affair with the BP Portrait Award. Mark Jameson is last year's Young Artist of the Year for Benfica Blue his portrait of his sister Lyndsey. This year Mark's back again with an excellent self-portrait which creates a spin on momenti mori. Lyndsey meanwhile is on the other side of the gallery with her splendid portrait "Sentinel" of their much younger brother.
See the Exhibition in person
The exhibition of portraits by the winners and selected entries will be at the National Portrait Gallery, London until 19 September 2010 after which it goes on tour to:
- the Usher Gallery, Lincoln (1 October - 14 November 2010) and
- Aberdeen Art Gallery (27 November 2010 - 22 January 2011).
Making A Mark Links:
BP Portrait Award 2010
- BP Portrait Award 2010 - Shortlist announced 28 Apr 2010
- BP Portrait Award 2010 - Call For Entries 1 December 2009
- BP Portrait Award 2009 - Call for Entries 15 December 2009
- BP Portrait Award 2009 - the shortlist 27 May 2009
- BP portrait award - who enters and who gets selected 28 May 2009
- Peter Monkman wins first prize in BP Portrait Award 17 June 2009
- Exhibition review: BP Portrait Award 18 June 2009
- BP Portrait Tour & Portrait of the Nation 24 September 2009
- BP Portrait Award 2008 (call for entries) 6 December 2007
- BP Portrait Award shortlist announced - a woman will win! 25 April 2008
- BP Portrait Prize 2008 - exhibition opens 12 June 2008
- Craig Wylie wins BP Portrait Award 2008 17 June 2008
- BP Portrait Award 7 February 2007 (concerning the rule change)
- View the BP Portrait Award 2007
- Paul Emsley wins BP Portrait Award 22 June 2007
- Portraiture - Resources for Artists (maintains ana archive of links to BP Portrait Awards in past years)
- Art Competitions in the UK - Resources for Artists