Second Prize

Double Portrait by Thomas Ehretsmann, November 2016 © Thomas Ehretsmann

Double Portrait
by Thomas Ehretsmann, November 2016
Acrylic on board
300 x 400mm

Second Prize: £10,000

Born in Mulhouse France, Ehretsmann 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.

The judges appreciated the artist’s refined and detailed technique, which adds to the subject’s sense of stillness, strength and serenity.


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Prize Winners

FIRST PRIZE
Breech!

by Benjamin Sullivan, January 2017

SECOND PRIZE
Double Portrait

by Thomas Ehretsmann, November 2016

YOUNG ARTIST AWARD
Gabi

by Henry Christian-Slane, 2017

THIRD PRIZE
Emma

by Antony Williams, March 2016

TRAVEL AWARD 2017
Jack

by Casper White, 2017