Portrait Artist of the Year – Episode 5

With the prize of a £10,000 commission to paint Sir Tom Jones for the National Portrait Gallery in Wales on the line, the competition is heating up on episode 5 of Portrait Artist of the Year with 9 new artists competing for only one semi-final placing.

With 3 new well known sitters each week, this episode is a little different as one of our sitters isn’t known for her modelling or acting. Tanni Grey-Thompson is a politician, presenter and former wheelchair racer. She is joined by BAFTA award winning English Actress Georgina Campbell and actor, comedian and writer, Mark Gattis.

Filmed at the Wallace Collection in central London which is home to many famous paintings and sculptures including pieces from Rembrandt and Rubens, our artists are in esteemed company. Hosts Joan Bakewell and Stephen Mangan introduce the sitters to the artists and once seated as comfortably as possible, the painters begin!

Painting Grey-Thompson are Rubertine Carmen Allen, Eve Pettit and John Gledhill. Campbell is painted by Henry Whaley, Catherine MacDiarmid and Amelia Webster and lastly Graeme Duddridge, Laxmi Hussain and Anastasia Shimshilashvili are painting Gattis.

Each week we meet our artists and find out a little bit about each and their style of painting with each week various styles, shapes and processes. Each artist is allowed 4 hours to complete their painting which is a challenge for some who take many more than the time allocated for their submissions.

Some artists take photos and prefer to paint from this, some use a table, others an easel. No matter how they work the ending is the same: the painters are given 4 hours before Bakewell and Mangan announce it is time to finish and the artists head out to the English sun for a well-earned break.

The sitters decide from their 3 paintings which is their favourite (which they get to take home) before the 3 judges comprising of Kathleen Soriano, head of Painting at The Art Academy in London, portrait painter Tai Shan Schierenberg and head of collections at Soho House Kate Bryan decide who will go through to the semi-final.

So, who will head through to the semi-final this week? Will you pick the same as the judges or will your tastes differ? Find out on Tuesday 23rd July, 8.30pm on SKY ARTS, SKY Channel 20 on Portrait Artist of the Year.

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