- Jo Fraser who has won the BP Travel Award in 2011
- the artwork produced and exhibited by Paul Beel who won the BP Travel Award 2010
to allow artists to experience working in a different environment on a project related to portraitureThe winner gets a £5,000 bursary to spend on the project of their choice - as described in the proposals which won the award.
The Travel Award always seems to get neglected in the avalanche of coverage for the main BP Award - however its winners have proved over time to have become some of our top painters. It's also far more interesting in that it involves a project and typically more than one painting of more than one person!
You can read my past posts about the BP Travel Award here
- BP Travel Award - 2009 and 2010
- BP Travel Award: Gareth Reid and the Finnish winter bathers
- Exhibition Review: BP Travel Award 2008 - Emmanouil Bitsakis.
- View the BP Portrait Award 2007 and BP Travel Award 2006 exhibitions
BP Travel Award 2011 - the winner is Jo Fraser
In 2011 the winner of the £5,000 BP Travel Award is Jo Fraser (who has a blog Jo Fraser)
The £5,000 bursary will allow her to travel to Peru and then mount an exhibition of her work. Her final work will be displayed in the BP Portrait Award 2012 exhibition. Her final artwork in oils will be developed from sketches and photographs taken during her field visit to her chosen destination of Peru.
She proposes to
...travel to the Cuzco region of Peru where she will observe the labour-intensive production of textiles in small, indigenous communities. She has always been fascinated by the symbolism within the weavings, the methods of creating them, and the historical traditions of the process.Sounds fascinating!
Here's her blog posts about:
- her preliminary sketches - Updates for her work Flora which was included in the BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2011
- the awards ceremony for the BP Portrait Travel Award 2011
BP Travel Award 2011 - won by Paul Beel
I was just one of many who were greatly amused at last year's awards ceremony by the notion that it has been Paul's long held ambition to return to the nudist beach in Corfu which he first visited on his honeymoon - to paint the the people on the beach.
|...and it really was painted on the beach! (screen shot from video)|
As well as this he's also produced a video about the epic process of painting his painting - called Epic Mirtiotissa - this is a link to the 1 minute trailer version of this epic enterprize!
On Sept. 8, the NPG will be hosting a screening of the 70 minute version of "Epic Mirtiotissa".
Thursday 8 September, 19.00 - Film Screening: Epic Mirtiotissa (Free).Here's a short 9 minute excerpt from it - posted on YouTube. Click the bottom right hand corner to go to the YouTube site to access full screen viewing. I'm incredibly impressed with the trailer he sorted out toe get those enormous panels up and down a very steep hill
Follow BP Travel Award 2010 winner Paul Beel as he undertakes the portraiture project in Corfu – the final piece is on display in the BP Portrait Award 2011 exhibition. 77 minutes.
Paul's website/blog also records the development of the huge painting which is now on display at the National Portrait Gallery and the critical response it has received.