Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Did you know that all art galleries in the United Kingdom are FREE!?

Are you a fan of portrait art?

One of the most prestigious competitions of it's kind in the world in the category of portraiture is held annually at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.

Shaun Downey's painting, "Blue Coco" was one of 58 paintings selected from a record 2,177 International entries . His painting was also chosen as the main image of the ad campaign for the exhibition, featured on posters around the UK, the exhibition catalogue, and a banner draping the front of the National Portrait Gallery.

"Blue Coco"
Shaun Downey
oil on canvas
17 x 20 inches
BP Portrait Award 2010

In this fun video, the Toronto based artist Shaun Downey visits the BP Portrait Award 2010 competition, and gives an excellent explanation from an artist's perspective on the other portraits in the exhibition.

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