Trip to BP Award National Portrait Gallery London

Trip to BP Award 2017 National Portrait Gallery London 

For the last 10 years I’ve made my pilgrimage to the BP Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London with my father.  We usually have a lovely time together, it’s one of the highlights of my year.  The exhibition always inspires me and I spend a long time looking at and reflecting on all of the work.  I like to pick out my favourites and then go back and spend more time with them.  I also go and look around the other collections within the gallery.

This year photographs were allowed to be taken of the BP Award exhibitors work and this portrait ‘Archipelago’ by  Brian Shields provided many ‘selfie’ opportunities for the viewing public. This exhibition always seems very popular and quite crowded.  After a very full on day, it was good to return to Wales feeling inspired and eager to get into my studio to start painting again!