BP Portrait Award 2016

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Girl in a Liberty Dress, 2016 Oil On Board 260 X 370 Mm © Courtesy of the Artist and National Portrait Gallery
BP Portrait Award 2016

St Martin's Place
WC2H 0HE London
June 24th, 2016 - September 4th, 2016

Other (outside main areas)
+44 020 7321 6620
Sun-Wed, Sat 10-6; Thu-Fri 10-9
painting, drawing


Selected from 2,557 entries by artists from 80 countries around the world, the BP Portrait Award 2016 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting.

From parents to poseurs, figurative nudes to famous faces and expressive sketches to piercing photo-realism, the variety and vitality in the exhibition continues to make it an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar.

Now in its thirty-seventh year at the National Portrait Gallery, and twenty-seventh year of sponsorship by BP, the first prize of £30,000 makes the Award the most prestigious international portrait painting competition of its kind and has launched the careers of many renowned artists.


This year’s judges were:

Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery (Chair)
Christopher Baker, Director, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Alan Hollinghurst, Writer
Sarah Howgate, Contemporary Curator, National Portrait Gallery
Jenny Saville, Artist
Des Violaris, Director, UK Arts & Culture, BP

The Travel Award 2015 winner was selected by the Gallery’s Senior Curator of 20th Century Collections Paul Moorhouse, BP Portrait Award 2014 second prize winner Richard Twose, and Des Violaris.

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