Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Portrait of a Young Lady

A day in London to see the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. It was a sunny day so we walked through St James Park where we ate our sandwiches and were entertained by the water fowl and squirrels. The mounted Guard at the entrance to Horse Guards Parade attracted many tourists with their cameras - the horse had great patience. First Prize in the exhibition was Changeling 2 (above), one of a series of his daughter by Peter Monkman. The other awards were also well deserved. The exhibition consisted of a very interesting selection of 51 portraits. We voted for People’s Choice: Sue - White Linen, me - Agnes. I couldn't understand why the creator of Imagine hung the hair of his subject from a clothes line as I thought this spoilt the most arresting painting in the exhibition. My Honourable Mentions are: Christina, One in Two, Madeleine, My song, John Anthony Portsmouth Football Club Westwood, Philip and Joe (Grandfather and Grandson) and Angela from Sri Lanka.

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