Thursday, 24 June 2010
BP Portrait Award Show 2010
In the summer of 1987 I came to London for a summer art course. I was staying at a dormitory in South London. One evening I was sitting in my room, drawing, and another student passed by, saw me and asked: "Are you also an artist ?". I thought the question was really pretentious, and my efforts overstated. I think I replied, " I am just drawing".
Twenty three years later I have been handed out a badge saying "Artist" by a major museum. I wore it yesterday at the preview of the BP Portrait Award 2010 but I still felt a bit like an impostor there !
The day had started with a bit of a commotion, me and my husband had to drive 400 km at night to fetch a son who broke is wrist during a school trip, but ended in heaven. I enjoyed the evening so much that I think I was the last to leave, they practically had to push me out of the door.
Seeing my painting on the wall of the NPG was very exciting, and I also got to meet other artists. I thought the show was really good this year. I was humbled at how ambitious most paintings were, large sizes, intricate compositions, emotional strength. In comparison my small painting is much more ephemeral, result of a single day of work ( + 20 years of painting !).
I'll cut this post short now, since Italy is playing, but will be back soon with my comments on many paintings from the show.