Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Clara Drummond wins First Prize at this year’s BP Portrait Award

We are very proud and happy for Clara Drummond who has won First Prize at this year’s BP Portrait Award. You can view Clara's painting in the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery until 4th September.

Clara Drummond (Drawing Year 2005, RDS Faculty) has won the First Prize in this year's BP Portrait Award – an award of £30,000. Her work was previously selected for the BP Portrait Award in 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2014. Clara’s shortlisted portrait is of her friend, the artist Kirsty Buchanan (Drawing Year 2013), who wore a vintage Liberty dress to the sittings. Judges, including NPG director Nicholas Cullinan, author Alan Hollinghurst and artist Jenny Saville, praised the work for its 'subtle, enigmatic nature, and for the indelible impression the artist’s skill makes on the viewer'. You can read a recent article about Clara, here: ‘Third time lucky’. The awards ceremony took place on 21 June. At the judges’ discretion the winner will also receive a commission worth £5,000 to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist.