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BP Portrait Award 2012

BP Portrait Award 2012


Pub. date: 21 June 2012
Price: £8.99
ISBN: 978 1855144569
Format: 190 x 125mm
Extent: 80 pages
Illustrations: 65
Binding: Paperback with flaps
Category: Contemporary Art

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Essay by Michael Rosen

Featuring works from an international list of artists, the BP Portrait Award highlights the vitality of portrait painting today. This book presents the diverse range of styles in contemporary portraiture and the variety of techniques used by artists working in the field today. In his introductory essay Michael Rosen considers his own relationship with portraiture and observes that ‘one way to reach those general truths and thoughts about our humanity is through the most detailed, specific exploration of one individual.’


The BP Portrait Award, now in its twenty-third year, is one of Britain’s most prestigious art prizes, and is the leading showcase for artists throughout the world specialising in portraiture.

Last year more than 320,000 people visited the exhibition, which is based on the competition open to all artists aged eighteen and over from around the world.

The catalogue features sixty works from an international list of artists, which together display a diverse range of styles and painterly techniques. It also includes a fascinating essay by bestselling poet and children’s novelist Michael Rosen.


Michael Rosen is a children’s novelist, poet and broadcaster. He was appointed the fifth Children’s Laureate in 2007, an honour he held until 2009, and has written some 140 books, including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy. His latest book, Even My Ears are Smiling, was published in 2011.

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