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BP Portrait Award 2017


Pub. date: 22 June 2017
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 9781855147355
Format: 190 x 125mm
Extent: 88pp
Illustrations: Approx. 60 colour
Binding: Paperback with flaps
Category: Contemporary Art

Essay by Stella Duffy
Interviews by Richard McClure

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.


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

In 2016 more than 185,000 people visited the exhibition based on the competition open to all artists aged eighteen and over from around the world.

The catalogue features around fifty-three works from an international list of artists, which together display a diverse range of styles and painterly techniques. It also includes an essay by Stella Duffy, an illustrated interview with the previous year’s Travel Award winner and interviews with the prizewinners by Richard McClure, which give further insight into the artists behind the portraits.


Richard McClure is a freelance journalist.

Stella Duffy is a writer, theatremaker, and the co-director of Fun Palaces, an ongoing campaign
for cultural democracy with an annual weekend of action every October.