Saturday, June 19, 2004

Following a record number of entries, four artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award 2004, one of Britain's most prestigious and lucrative art prizes.

As discussed here, our own National Portrait Gallery, once it re-opens, will begin its own American Portrait Prize award on a yearly basis.

A couple of years ago, Zygimantas Augustinas, a terrific European painter that we've represented since 1997, won the Second Prize at the BP Portrait Award, and his career skyrocketed in Europe. Hopefully an American Portrait Prize award will have similar impact on the American artist who wins it.