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Dame Kelly Holmes

2 of 3 portraits on display in Room 39 at the National Portrait Gallery

Dame Kelly Holmes, by Craig Wylie, 2012 - NPG 6944 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dame Kelly Holmes

by Craig Wylie
oil on canvas, 2012
68 in. x 45 3/8 in. (1728 mm x 1152 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, BP Portrait Award, 2008, 2012
Primary Collection
NPG 6944


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Sittings for this portrait took place in late 2011. The scale of the work is important to the artist, for whom the act of painting creates 'a kind of hyperreality through amplification', appropriately reflecting the sitter's own extraordinary achievements.