Spotlight: BP Portrait Awards
500 Portraits: 25 Years of the BP Portrait Award Hardcover; 336 pages; National Portrait Gallery Publications; 2nd revised edition edition (November 24, 2015)

The BP Portrait Award is the world's leading showcase for painters working in portraiture. This revised and updated edition of the highly successful 500 Portraits, published in 2011, brings together more than 500 of these portraits to cover 25 years of the Award.

BP Portrait Award 2015 by Neil Gaimanv - 88 pages; National Portrait Gallery Publications (June 18, 2015)

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

BP Portrait Award 2013 by Joanna Trollope, Sandy Nairne; National Portrait Gallery


BP Portrait Award 2010 by Rose Tremain; National Portrait Gallery Publications


BP Portrait Award 2009 ~ Sarah Dunant (Author) – Paperback: 80 pages National Portrait Gallery Publications (June 18, 2009)

The BP Portrait Award, now in its nineteenth year, is a popular fixture on the summer calendar, and is the leading showcase for artists specializing in portraiture. The competition is open to all artists aged eighteen and over from around the world. The 2008 award received 1,600 entrants, all competing for the main prize of GBP 25,000 and a possible commission.


BP Portrait Award 2007 ~ Scottish National Portrait Gallery – Paperback: 88 pages
National Portrait Gallery (January 2007)

The catalogue features over sixty works from an international list of artists, which together display a diverse range of styles and painterly techniques, highlighting the vitality of portrait painting today. It also includes a witty and illuminating essay by popular writer and journalist Lynne Truss and an illustrated article by Toby Wiggins, the travel-award winner 2006. Toby Wiggins portrays the people who work the land in Dorset. His portraits show his respect and admiration for their skill and knowledge and his deep commitment to rural life, which is under threat.

BP Portrait Award 2006 Hardcover: 80 pages National Portrait Gallery (January 2006)

As well as featuring all the entries from this year's competition, this arresting book includes a fascinating essay by novelist and biographer Margaret Forster and an illustrated article by Joel Ely, the travel-award winner 2005. Ely has made portraits of members of a Basque male gastronomic society known as the Txoko, which meets weekly to consume traditional Basque dishes, drink, talk and sometimes sing. He explores how cooking is a means of communication and a way of defining cultural identity and authenticity.

Margaret Forster's essay focuses on how portraits have inspired her biographical writing, and shows how woman have been portrayed in portraiture over the centuries, culminating in a celebration of women's achievements.

BP Portrait Award 2005 by Philip Hensher (Introduction) – Paperback: 80 pages National Portrait Gallery (September 30, 2005)

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As well as featuring all the entries from this year's competition, this arresting book includes a fascinating essay by Philip Hensher and portraits of people in the old Persian bazaar in Tehran by Darvish Fakhr, the BP travel-award winner 2004. Fakhr's paintings show the depths of emotion behind outwardly ritualised lives and aim to help us understand the common humanity that links the Western world and the Middle East.

BP Portrait Award 2014 by Julia Donaldson, Sandy Nairne - Paperback; National Portrait Gallery Publications


BP Portrait Award 2012 by Michael Rosen - 79 pages; National Portrait Gallery Publications (May 2, 2012)

The BP Portrait Award showcases the very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world. For thirty-three years, of which the last twenty-three have been sponsored by BP, the exhibition has presented outstanding and innovative new work in a variety of styles and approaches, and it continues to be a highlight of the annual art calendar.

BP Portrait Award 2011 by Alison Weir – Paperback (June 1, 2011 )

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

BP Portrait Award 2004 by Blake Morrison – Paperback: 80 pages National Portrait Gallery (January 25, 2007)

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As well as featuring all the entries from this year's competition, this arresting book includes a fascinating essay by Blake Morrison and powerful portraits by Ulyana Gumeniuk, winner of last year's BP Travel Award . Ulyana's portraits are accompanied by illuminating extracts from her interviews with the sitters.

The highly acclaimed writer Blake Morrison looks at the potency of portraiture and how a good portrait painting does not merely capture a likeness, but connects with the inner energy of the sitter, showing the 'flickers of feeling, shadows of thought, or what Leonardo da Vinci called "the motions of the mind"'.


BP Portrait Award 2003 by A. S. Byatt – Paperback: 80 pages National Portrait Gallery (November 2003)

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The BP Portrait Award 2002 by Richard E. Grant (Foreword), Susie Foster (Editor), William Packer (Introduction) – Paperback: 80 pages National Portrait Gallery (July 2002)

Attitudes to portraiture have changed dramatically since the Award's inception in 1980. It is now one of Britain's most popular annual exhibitions, each year bringing to the fore new and sometimes undiscovered talent. When Justin Mortimer won the award in 1991, he was propelled into a series of high-profile commissions including HM The Queen, and said that 'Winning the BP Portrait Award was an extraordinary thing: that year I was still an art student and happily ignorant of how to get an artistic career. The prize was the catalyst.'

William Packer's lucid essay presents an overview of the Award and explores the growing interest in British portrait painters, setting their work within the historical context of portraiture in general and celebrating the continuing success of this prestigious event.


BP Portrait Award 1990-2001 by Martin Gayford – Paperback National Portrait Gallery (October 2001)



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