BP Portrait Award


'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.' 500_2016_bp_portrait_award_work_1237 '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.' This year's BP Portrait Award is full of striking women and girls. 500_2016_bp_portrait_award_work_0340 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 this year goes to Clara Drummond's, very Selvedge-esque painting Girl in a Liberty Dress. 500_2016_bp_portrait_award_work_0326 There's no other portrait exhibition quite like it; in the midst of one of the greatest portrait galleries in the world, The National Portrait Gallery, it gives viewers an exceptional view into the context and future of portraiture. The BP Portrait Award 2016 Until 4th September The National Portrait Gallery, London. 500_2016_bp_portrait_award_work_1250

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  • Daphne Astor on

    Clara Drummond is the artist in residence here at our farm – would you like me to put her in touch with you because your magazine and the work she and Kirsty Buchanan are making seems to be a naturally good fit for a possible article.

    All best,

  • Grace Warde-Aldam on

    Dear Daphne,

    We’re always on the look out for editorial content, please feel free to email over anything that you think might be of interest to us. My email address is
    Looking forward to hearing from you.


  • Julia Twigg on

    They are completely wonderful. Thank you

  • Simone Fraser on

    Thank-you very much for publishing these works. They are stunning to behold.

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