BP Portrait Award 2008 - Exhibitor 3
by Robert O'Brien
Oil on board, 300 x 200mm (11 3/4 x 7 7/8")
© the artist
Robert O'Brien (b 24.02.1978) for Hannah O'Brien (oil on board, 300 x 400 mm). Robert O'Brien is a figurative portrait artist living and working in London and Sweden. In 2000 he started studying for a degree at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University and in the final year was given the opportunity to study abroad at Stenebyskolan, Sweden, where he graduated in 2003 with a BA in Design. His shortlisted portrait is of his grandmother who died on October 26, 2007. The sittings, which were kept short because of her poor health, took place in the Grange Care Centre, Hayes, Middlesex. 'I've always thought of my Grandmother as a strong, determined woman,' says Robert, 'who overcame great hardships and difficulties in her life and that is how I wanted to portray her.'