Join acclaimed portrait artists Alastair Adams and Andrew Tift for an insight into their personal approaches to portrait painting and a special tour of this year’s prestigious BP Portrait Award, which is on show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from 13 October to 30 November.
10 November 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bruce Robinson, Writer and Director by Alastair Adams, 2018 © Alastair Adams
Alastair Adams is a member and past president of Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He gained a degree in illustration before beginning working as a commissioned artist in 1995. As well as holding a research based lecturing position at Loughborough University, focusing on portraiture and drawing, he is co-director of the contemporary drawing research group and journal, TRACEY. Alastair’s work has been selected several times for the BP Portrait Award and his portrait Bruce Robinson, Writer and Director is one of the chosen works in this year’s show. He has painted numerous well-known sitters and in 2012 he was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in London, to paint Tony Blair for their permanent collection.
Andrew Tift has been working as a portrait artist for over 20 years. He has exhibited ten times in the BP Portrait, was short listed for the first prize on four occasions and won first prize in 2006 for his portrait of the artist Lucian Freud’s first wife – Kitty Godley, which is now in the collection at The New Art Gallery, Walsall. Other notable sitters that Andrew has painted and drawn include Tony Benn, Neil and Glenys Kinnock, Eric Sykes and Ken Livingstone.
As well as painting famous sitters, Andrew enjoys depicting interesting people from all walks of life such as Cosplay punks for his BP Travel Award project in Tokyo (1994) and steelworkers, musicians and Hells Angels from his native Black Country.
£2.50 per child (Suitable for 7+)
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