1 of 19 portraits of Ian McKellen
by Clive Smith
oil on canvas, 2001-2002
13 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (336 mm x 206 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, BP Portrait Award, 1999, 2002
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This portraitback to top
Clive Smith has exhibited twice in the BP Portrait Awards. The portrait was painted entirely from life in the actor's New York apartment during his appearance in Strindberg's Dance of Death with actress Helen Mirren.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Nairne, Sandy (introduction), 500 Portraits: BP Portrait Award, 2011, p. 24
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 2001back to top
Current affairsLabour wins a second landslide general election victory campaigning on improvements to public services based on private finance projects. The Conservative party proved itself to be out-of-touch by ignoring public services and campaigning on the issue of Britain's membership of the EU. The day after the election William Hague resigned as leader of the Conservative Party.
Art and scienceThe Eden Project opens in Cornwall. The eco-centre, conceived by Tim Smit, replicates tropical and temporal climates and houses plants from all over the world in two domed biomes. The project is both a large-scale scientific experiment to study the environmental changes in different biomes over time, and a visitor attraction teaching the public about the natural environment.
InternationalOn 11th September (9/11) America comes under foreign attack for the first time since Pearl Harbour when Islamic Fundamentalist terrorists hijack four planes, flying two into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, and one into the Pentagon; the forth plane crashed in a field.George Bush launches his 'War on Terror' by invading Afghanistan to overthrown the Taliban and capture Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda.
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On display in Room 36 at the National Portrait Gallery