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Susanne du Toit, "Pieter," 2013, oil on canvas, 47 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. Copyright Susanne du Toit

The Best in Contemporary Portraiture at London's National Portrait Gallery

The annual BP Portrait Award exhibition opens today, revealing 55 innovative works from artists all over the world.
The 2013 BP Portrait Award exhibition is on view now at London’s National Portrait Gallery. An annual competition, the BP Portrait Award is among the most competitive awards for contemporary portraiture and painting in general. This year the National Portrait Gallery received 1,969 submissions from 77 different countries. Of these entries, 55 portraits were selected to feature in the BP Portrait Award exhibition, which will be on view through September 15.

John Devane, “The Uncertain Time,” 2013, oil on canvas, 67 3/4 x 98 in. © John Devane

Owen Normand, “Das Berliner Zammer (The Berlin Room),” 2013. © Owen Normand
The winner of the prestigious BP Portrait Award 2013 was announced at an Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 18. This year’s finalists were John Devane for “The Uncertain Time,” and Susanne du Toit for “Pieter.” The winner of the £30,000 First Prize was the 57-year-old artist Susanne du Toit, whose portrait depicts her 35-year-old son. Devane was awarded £10,000 for Second Prize for the group portrait of his three children. The £7,000 BP Young Artist Award, given to an exhibiting artist between 18 and 30 years of age, went to Owen Normand, who is represented by his portrait “Das Berliner Zammer (The Berlin Room).” Sophie Ploeg, a Dutch artist based in Bristol, won the BP Travel Award for her project proposal to study traditional and modern lace production in the U.K. and Northern Europe.
2013 marks the 34th year that the Portrait Award Exhibition will be held at London’s National Portrait Gallery and the 24th year in which BP has sponsored the event. The National Portrait Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Thursdays and Fridays until 9 p.m. For more information, visit

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