Six British Paralympic Athletes

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Six British Paralympic Athletes, by John Lessore, 2004 - NPG 6669 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Six British Paralympic Athletes

by John Lessore
oil on canvas, 2004
80 in. x 80 in. (2032 mm x 2032 mm)
Commissioned, 2004
Primary Collection
NPG 6669


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  • John Lessore (1939-), Painter. Artist of 6 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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The portrait by John Lessore is set in the Stadium in Sydney, during the celebrations on the last night of the 2000 Paralympic Games. The six sportsmen and women represented are all multi-gold medallists who took part in the 2000 Games. They are depicted celebrating the success of the British team, among a fireworks display and aeroplane fly-past.

Lessore, himself a paraplegic and wheelchair user spent over two years working on this ambitious painting from 2002-2004. He took various trips around the country to study each sitter individually. Lessore'sambitious portrait of the Six British Paralympic Athletes first went on display at the National Portrait Gallery in 2004.

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