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Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017

(Posted on 14/07/17)

Sky Arts portrait artist of the year is a search for Britain’s next best artist. With many rounds and celebrity guests, it is an amazing opportunity for artists.

In 2014, we saw Christian Hook take the prize with his painting of Amir Khan which was exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery. I have been to the National Portrait Gallery and seen Hook’s amazing portrait in London. Christian Hook is now a professional artist and has his latest portraits in galleries all over Britain.

He has a very interesting style where he creates motion in his work. Instead of a still portrait, he creates a 3D feel in his paintings. Every year since then, a different artist has won this prestigious title.

Artists of all abilities can join the competition, aged 16 or over. Four heats take place around the UK (London, Dublin, Glasgow and Cardiff). At the event, three sitters (people that are being painted) are painted and at the end of each round, winners are chosen to go into the final. The four winners then face a number of portraiture challenges until the final winner is chosen.

At the event, you can take classes for amateur artists and explore techniques from other artists. There are also showcases from the UK’s most interesting artists. It is a celebration of expressing yourself in a form of art. It is an event to inspire and get creative. It is a bit like our sketchbook competition!

Grace Rose - Art Hot Scholar in Year 9K2

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