by Michael Gaskell
Egg tempera on wooden board
290 x 205 x 11 mm
The prize winners for the BP Portrait Award 2010 were announced at the Awards Ceremony on the 22 June 2010.
The Second Prize was awarded to Michael Gaskell for Harry
Gaskell, who has exhibited throughout Britain and was second prize winner in last year's BP Portrait Award, is an artist from Sheffield, recently relocated to Leicester, who only got to know his sitter, Harry, when he agreed to sit for him. Having seen the sitter whilst he was out shopping with his family, Michael was persuaded to approach him by his wife. In the resulting portrait which was completed in a short burst of intense work over the winter of 2009-10, Gaskell tried to evoke a sense of what had drawn him to Harry, but he hopes that the image is also informed by what he gained from hearing about the sitter's experiences and aspirations.
© Michael Gaskell