Portrait Artist of the Year – Episode 4

With 3 artists already through, we find ourselves at episode 4 of Portrait Artist of the Year with 9 more artists competing for one semi-final placing and the opportunity to win the grand prize – a £10,000 commission to paint Sir Tom Jones for the National Portrait Gallery in Wales.

Sitting today are English actress Anna Chancellor who worked as an artists model when she was younger and reclines on a chaise for her 4 hours. Singer and performer Beverley Knight who is well known for her work on The West End and has also studied philosophy at university. And lastly actor Stephen Graham who is well known on both sides of the Atlantic.

All sitters settle in for their 4 hours sitting for the painters. Each week, the 3 artists negotiate with each other and their sitters to find a comfortable position before hosts Joan Bakewell and Stephen Mangan announce to the 5 professional and 4 amateur artists that it is time to begin.

Painting Anna Chancellor are Dante Turner who lives in Somerset and took over a month to complete his submission, Zoe Beaudry an American artist who took 4 weeks to paint her nude submission and Robyn Parker whose self-portrait entry was one of her first.

Next painting Beverley Knight is 28 year old art teacher from London Archie Wardlaw, Daisy Murdoch whose melancholy submission took 14 hours and Shalewa Olayiwola who at 19 took 15 hours to complete her submission.

And lastly, painting actor Stephen Graham are Jane Clatworthy who is a ‘later in life artist’ beginning painting seriously after her children moved out, Romy Kelleher who draws inspiration from judge Tai Shan Schierenberg and Faisal Brimah who prefers to paint animals over people.

Each sitter is framed within 3 different backgrounds each week with the theme this week as surrealism – clocks, mirrors and clouds surround our sitters as they do their best to remain still.

After 4 hours of sketching, photographing, painting, measuring and examining, the artists finish to an enthusiastic round of applause from visitors and the sitters. They head outside while Schierenberg and fellow judges Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan make their pick.

Who will go through this week? Do you agree with the judges decision or would you have selected a different painting? Find out on Tuesday 16th July, 8.30pm on SKY ARTS, SKY Channel 20.

Next Tuesday we will meet with 9 more portrait artists as they paint 3 new celebrity sitters at The Wallace Collection in their quest to become Portrait Artist of the Year.

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