Prize Winners

Changeling 2
by Peter Monkman, 2008

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The prize winners for the BP Portrait Award 2009 were announced at the Awards Ceremony on the 16 June 2009.

The First Prize was awarded to Peter Monkman for Changeling 2, part of a series of portraits of his daughter, Anna, at different stages of her life.

1220 x 900 mm

Monkman was shortlisted for the first time this year, having been included in the BP Portrait Award exhibition in 1999, 2001 and 2003. Currently Director of Art at Charterhouse School, Surrey, Monkman, 44, studied visual arts at the University of Lancaster, John Moores University Liverpool and the University of London. The shortlisted portrait is part of a series of portraits of his daughter exploring the concept of the changeling, a child substituted for another by stealth, often with an elf. ‘I challenge the fixed notion of an idealised image of childhood and substitute it for a more unsettling, complex, representation that exists in its own right as a painting.’ The initial ideas for this portrait came from photographic studies of Anna playing in woods in Brittany where the light had a magical quality.

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