BP Portrait Award 2010
written by Rose Tremain
National Portrait Gallery Publications | ISBN 9781855144248
Paperback – 80 pages
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The BP Portrait Award, now in its twenty-first year, is one of Britain's most prestigious art prizes, and a leading showcase for world artists specialising in portraiture. The competition is open to artists over 18 from around the world. The catalogue features 60 works from an international list of artists, which display a diverse range of styles and painterly techniques. It includes an essay by novelist Rose Tremain and an illustrated article by the 2009 Travel Award winner Isobel Peachey. Peachey describes the journeys she undertook to Switzerland and Belgium to document historical re-enactment weekends, where participants recreated life in a medieval castle and a Napoleonic battle. Her account and the accompanying portraits capture her sitters' passionate involvement in recreating the past, and their dual identity as contemporary people re-enacting historical events.