by Alan Coulson
Oil on board
370 x 280 mm
At the BP Portrait Award 2013 Awards Ceremony on 18 June 2013 the Young Artist Prize was awarded to Owen Normand for Das Berliner Zimmer (The Berlin Room).
Owen Normand is a Scottish painter and illustrator who studied at Edinburgh College of Art and who now lives in Berlin. Das Berliner Zimmer (The Berlin Room) is a portrait of his girlfriend Hannah painted in her bedroom in the German capital, where they both relocated nearly three years ago.
Owen says the 'Berliner Zimmer' is unique to Berlin: the name for a long, dark room facing into an inner courtyard with just a single window at the far end. The painting was inspired by Hannah's connection to the city, particularly through her grandmother who moved there in the 1930s and still lives there today. The artist says he chose this pose because: ‘I found that the combination of Hannah's expression and the striking lighting created a sense of intrigue’.
BP Young Artist Award: £7,000
All selected artists aged between 18 and 30 were automatically considered for both the BP Young Artist Award and the BP Portrait Award, but an individual could not win both.
Das Berliner Zimmer (The Berlin Room)
by Owen Normand, 2013
© Owen Normand