500 Portraits: 25 Years of the BP Portrait Award - the exhibition catalogue from National Portrait Gallery available to buy at Museum Bookstore

500 Portraits: 25 Years of the BP Portrait Award

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Man with a Plaid Blanket' (detail) by Thomas Ganter, winner of the BP Portrait Award 2014

The National Portrait Gallery's Portrait Award, one of Britain's most prestigious art prizes, is the leading showcase for artists throughout the world specialising in portraiture. During the course of the past 25 years, portraits by more than 15,000 artists have been selected for the accompanying exhibition, which has attracted more than 4 million visitors.

To celebrate this milestone, the National Portrait Gallery is publishing this new, updated edition of 500 Portraits, which features works from each of the 25 years since 1990. This highly illustrated compendium features more than 500 paintings from many of the best figurative artists active over the past quarter century, including Jonathan Yeo, Stuart Pearson Wright, Paul Emsley, Annabel Cullen and Ishbel Myerscough.

The portraits reflect the diverse methods of contemporary portrait practice and a wide breadth of subjects ranging from honest self-portraits and warm portrayals of families and children to fan portraits of celebrities and professionals in the workplace. As well as the works that appeared in the exhibitions, the book includes reproductions of portraits commissioned by the Gallery from competition finalists including portraits of Sir Michael Caine, Sir Willard White and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. 

  • Author: Peter Mather
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Date published: November 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1855145702
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x17.8 cm