Sir Andrew John Wiles

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Sir Andrew John Wiles

by Rupert Alexander
oil on canvas, 2015
52 in. x 39 3/8 in. (1320 mm x 1000 mm) overall
Commissioned; made possible by J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions, 2015
Primary Collection
NPG 6994

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The portrait shows Andrew Wiles seated, in two-thirds profile. The background is undefined and the sitter is presented as an isolated, thoughtful, figure. In discussing an artist, Andrew Wiles favoured a realistic and traditional approach to portraiture, citing Romney as a favourite portrait artist. There were five sittings for this portrait; one at Merton College in Oxford and four in Alexander's London studio, each lasting around four hours. Using a palette of blues and greens, Alexander has achieved a nocturnal and ethereal effect that he felt was appropriate for his sitter's important yet esoteric achievement.

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