BP Portrait Award

Not quite sure what it is about the National Portrait Gallery but you could easily pop in intending to stay half an hour tops and end up spending three hours out of sheer curiosity. Such is its mysticism and power. And even more so when it comes to its annual BP Portrait Award. This year’s entries of a record 2,372 were painfully cut down to just 55 entrants.

The first prize was awarded to Wim Heldens for Distracted.  However Mrs. Cerna (pictured above) by Sertan Saltan who won the accolade of BP Young Artist, and Holly by Louis Smith, who got the second prize, offer more in terms of imagination. Tim Okamura’s Little Sister is by far the most visually stimulating entry in the show; the size of it alone is something to marvel at. The exhibition runs till 18th September. Prints from the competition can be bought for around £30 each online.

This is part of a longer blog on art at The Week in Lists