Prize Winners

Letter to my Mom
by David Jon Kassan

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Oil on aluminium panel
124.5 x 81cm

At the BP Portrait Award 2014 Awards Ceremony on 24 June 2014 the Third Prize was awarded to David Jon Kassan for Letter to my Mom.

Brooklyn-based artist David Jon Kassan, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, invited his mother to sit for him in his studio while she made a brief stop on her way to Europe. She was reluctant and in order to persuade her he had to bribe her with a painting of his son Lucas.

He says: ‘My work is very personal and heartfelt. It’s my visual diary, so my family and loved ones make up a large part of what and why I paint. My parents have always been inspirational to paint. This portrait is a letter to my mom, who hates it when I paint her. But I tell her in the painting that by painting her, it is my way of spending time with her, contemplating our relationship and time together, my earliest memories. The Hebrew text reads: ‘Dear Mom,/ This painting is my way to spend more time with you./ My way to meditate on our life together./ And all of the earliest memories I have from you’.

Third Prize: £8,000

Letter to my Mom by David Jon Kassan, 2013
© David Jon Kassan