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Jamie Routley won “BP Young Artist Award 2012” at the National Portrait Gallery.

Jamie Routley won “BP Young Artist Award 2012” at the National Portrait Gallery.

David Burlak – 2nd October 2012

“It was an intense and profound experience for both of us”

The “BP Young Artist Award 2012” was another event related to the “BP Portrait Award 2012”, at the National Portrait Gallery, which has seen many collateral activities, including the “BP Travel Award 2012”, the “BP Portrait Award 2012: Next Generation”, a “Visitor’s Choice” award, and “Commissions” to paint a portrait that subsequently enters the Gallery’s collection.

The “BP Young Artist Award 2012” of £5,000 for the work of an entrant aged between 18 and 30 has been won by Jamie Routley for “Tony Lewis” (oil on canvas 1250 x 460 mm). Jamie Routley (born 18th July 1982) is born in Newport, Wales and currently lives and works in London. After completing a BA in Illustration at Swindon College Jamie Routley left the UK in 2004 to study under the American painter Charles H. Cecil in Florence, Italy where he stayed for four years. His work has been included in several exhibitions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition in 2011 and 2012 and at Flowers East Gallery. His portrait is of Tony Lewis who has a newspaper stand at Baron’s Court Tube Station and works in ‘The Four Vintners’ wine shop. Jamie Routley says, ‘I didn’t set out to paint a triptych, but I found after each painting there was more to say. A past had been hinted at during the sittings for the first painting that I couldn’t leave alone. Tony told me that for the first time in decades he’d found an environment that was both stimulating an allowed for quiet reflection. So we continued… It was an intense and profound experience for both of us.’

Supported by BP, the exhibition will tour to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, from 3 November 2012 until 27 January 2013 and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter from 9 February until 19 May 2013.

From 21st June until 23rd September 2012

At the National Portrait Gallery, 2 St. Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE, London.

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