For the last 8 weeks we have seen 72 artists paint as they compete to win the opportunity to paint Sir Tom Jones for a £10,000 commission in Portrait Artist of the Year. This week we see another 9 painters – 4 professionals and 5 amateurs as they compete for the next place in the semi-finals.
The judges – Kathleen Soriano, Tai Shan Schierenberg and Kate Bryan take a moment to analyse the entries before the sitters are revealed to the artists. This weeks sitters are Jodie Comer, a self proclaimed fidgeter known for her emotive acting roles, most recently in Killing Eve. Actor from such films as the Harry Potter series and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Nick Moran, apparently a terrible painter himself, he has bought is coat along with him today. And last but certainly not least, describe by Vogue as England’s most eccentric dresser, designer Daniel Lismore.
This weeks four professionals are Duncan Shoosmith, from Wiltshire who paints at home and raises his 3 young children. Martin Ireland from London, taught life drawing classes for over 20 years. Olga Godobaniuc originally from Moldova and who describes her style as “fantastic reality”. And lastly, Colin Pethick, former bricklayer turned artist who has his deceased wife in his mind today as she encouraged him to enter before she passed.
We have five amateur artists this week: Tom Mead who studied at the University of Arts and wants to show movement in his paintings. Emily Wolff who painted in Portrait Artist of the Year in 2014 and swapped her palette of choice from oils to egg tempura. Tasha Davey, at 17 years old the youngest entrant this year and took 24 hours to complete her laughing submission. Rebecca Train is an office manager from Kent and gave up painting for over a decade before recently getting back in to it again. And finally, Toby Michael who is in his final year at the Winchester School of Art.
Painting in with the backdrop theme of the Baroque era, each sitter sits in front of marble, candlelight and fabric backdrops. The judges make their selection and somehow whittle the entries from 9 to 3. They pull the final three out and look at today’s paintings against the entry and make their final decision!
Who is this weeks winner? Find out Tuesday 13th August 8.30pm on SKY ARTS, SKY Channel 20 on Portrait Artist of the Year.