|Aleah Chapin - Winner of the BP Portrait Award 2012|
(left to right: Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery,
Bob Dudley, CEO of BP, Aleah Chapin and Sir Michael Parkinson)
all photos copyright Katherine Tyrrell
American artist Aleah Chapin (26) - born in Seattle in 1986 and based in Brooklyn - has won the BP Portrait Awards First Prize - worth £25,000 - and a commission from the National Portrait Gallery - as predicted by me (see BP Portrait Award 2012 - The Shortlist).
Her large nude portrait (oil on canvas, 58 x 38 inches) of an older lady who is a close friend of her family. Auntie is just one of a series of paintings in her The "Aunties" project - which comprises nude portraits of women Aleah has known all of her life. The portrait is simply stunning and I knew straight away it would win.
Sandy Nairne, Director of the NPG commented
"Aleah Chapin's portrait is ambitious and beautifully painted, with superbly controlled colour and tone. She is a very deserving winner of the 2012 BP award, which once again demonstrates the vitality of contemporary portrait painting around the world"I have to say I'm very pleased to see another female winner of this very prestigious prize - and it's wonderful to see what tremendous skill and sensitivity that she has for such a young artist.
|Aleah Chapin holding her BP Portrait Award 2012|
in front of Auntie
Having studied all four I think the winner will be Aleah Chapin. Reasons being because of the nature of the subject and sheer "grab your eye and keep it" of its composition, its size plus the painterly quality of the brushwork and use of palette. She paints older skin with bravado and huge skill. Her porfolio of work from her series of nude portraits older women are stunning.
The BP Young Artist of the Year Award (£5,000) - for an artist aged went to Jamie Routley for his triptych painting of Tony Lewis.
The presentations were made to a packed gallery by Sir Michael Parkinson and Bob Dudley, CEO of BP who have sponsored the competition for the last 23 years and have just agreed to continue sponsorship for the next 5 years. Ed Vaisey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in the UK also spoke in support of the Prize during the Ceremony.
I'll be commenting further on the exhibition after visiting it again tomorrow morning when I'll also get a chance to interview the artists.
The BP Portrait 2012 Exhibition opens to the public on 21st June at the National Portrait Gallery at the bottom of St Martin's Lane near Trafalgar Square.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE.
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am – 6pm (Gallery closure commences at 5.50pm)
Late Opening: Thursday, Friday: 10am – 9pm (Gallery closure commences at 8.50pm)
Recorded information: 020 7312 2463
General information: 020 7306 0055
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BP Portrait Award 2012
These are all the posts about this year's awards.
- Call for Entries: BP Portrait Award 2012 11 Dec 2011 Provides an overview of the process and some tips.
- BP Portrait Award 2012 - The Shortlist - identitifies shortlisted works and profiles their artists.
- BP Portrait Award 2012 - 55 Selected Artists includes links to all the artists and a statistical analysis of the entries by country
- Aleah Chapin wins £25,000 BP Portrait Award 2012 Lists the prizewinners for 2012.
- Review: BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2012 (Part 1) Focuses on a theory about what's important to getting selected
- Review: BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2012 (Part 2) Focuses on overall trends and portrait paintings I like
- Video of BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2012 a walk around the BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2012 at the National Portrait Gallery on 20 June 2012.
- A Profile of Aleah Chapin A profile of and interview with Aleah Chapin - the first American female artist to win the BP Portrait Award - in June 2012.