Double Portrait

Double Portrait by Thomas Ehretsmann, November 2016 © Thomas Ehretsmann

Double Portrait
by Thomas Ehretsmann, November 2016
© Thomas Ehretsmann

Born in Mulhouse France, Ehretsmann (b.1974) gained a degree in illustration from the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, Strasbourg. His work as an illustrator has been featured in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Elle Magazine. His portrait Vacuum 2 was selected for the BP Portrait Award 2016 exhibition.

Double Portrait captures a moment when the artist was walking in the park with his wife, Caroline. Ehretsmann was struck by the light on Caroline’s face which he said reminded him of the work of naturalist painters Jules Bastien-Lepage and Emile Friant. The artist used multiple layers of semi-transparent acrylic paint in order to mix a fragile instant with something more timeless, a technique often used in his art. The title, Double Portrait, suggest the passage from one state of being to another as Caroline was eight months pregnant at the time.


Shortlisted Artists

Double Portrait by Thomas Ehretsmann, November 2016 © Thomas Ehretsmann

Double Portrait
by Thomas Ehretsmann, November 2016
© Thomas Ehretsmann

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by Benjamin Sullivan, January 2017
© Benjamin Sullivan

Emma by Antony Williams, March 2016 © Antony Williams

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by Antony Williams, March 2016
© Antony Williams