The BP Portrait Award showcases the very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world. For thirty-three years, of which the last twenty-three have been sponsored by BP, the exhibition has presented outstanding and innovative new work in a variety of styles and approaches, and it continues to be a highlight of the annual art calendar at all its venues. This is the fourth time that the Scottish National Portrait Gallery has hosted the Award.
From informal and personal studies of friends and family, to revealing paintings of famous faces, this year’s exhibition features fifty-five works selected from over 2,000 international entries. The first prize of £25,000 went to Aleah Chapin’s intense but affectionate portrait Auntie, whilst the BP Young Artist Award was awarded to Jamie Routley’s triptych. The show also includes the work of the BP Travel Award 2011 winner Jo Fraser, who travelled to the Peruvian Highlands where she recorded the women from the Quechua community engaged in traditional weaving.
The BP Portrait Award is organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London.