Young Artist Award

Gabi by Henry Christian-Slane, 2017

Gabi
by Henry Christian-Slane, 2017
Oil on board
250 x 200mm

BP Young Artist Award: £7,000

All selected artists aged between 18 and 30 are automatically considered for both the BP Young Artist Award and the BP Portrait Award, but an individual could not win both. 

Born in New Zealand, 26 year old Henry Christian Slane, studied graphic design at Auckland University of Technology. This is the first time the artist and illustrator has been selected for the BP Portrait Award exhibition.

Gabi is a portrait of Christian-Slane’s partner Gabi Lardies. The sitting took place at the artist’s parents’ house in Auckland, New Zealand. Christian-Slane liked how the light fell over the sitter’s face and the contemplative but slightly frowning expression that resulted, which he tried to preserve throughout the painting process. The artist was aware of the difficulties of painting a portrait of someone he is so close to. Although confident that he had had an innate sense of her face and features, he was conscious of bias that couples have of each other's appearance;  ‘For me I think what resulted is a painting that balances being analytical and instinctual’ says Christian-Slane.

The judges felt that this sensitive painting captures a moment in time and a casual, fleeting expression, rather than the ‘held’ pose more usual in formal portrait painting.


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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