Jamie Coreth (right), who was commissioned by the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral to create the Dean’s portrait last year, has been presented with the Young Artist Award in the BP Portrait Awards 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery. He won the prize for his portrait Dad Sculpting Me (pictured below).
The Portrait Award Exhibition has been run by the National Portrait Gallery for the last thirty-seven years. It represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting and has launched the careers of many renowned artists – making it the most prestigious international portrait painting competition of its kind.
This year there were over 2,500 entries from artists around the world, spanning some 80 countries in all. Fifty of the best entries, including Jamie’s painting and winners from other categories, are now on display at the National Portrait Gallery until 4th September.
The Dean’s Portrait
In 2015 Jamie was invited to paint a portrait of the Dean, The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, as part of a tradition that stretches back more than four centuries.
The oil painting of the Dean (right) was completed and unveiled last autumn and has been hung alongside those of 37 of the Dean’s predecessors dating back to the mid 1500s.
It is a truly wonderful painting and if you look carefully it features another well known character from within the Cathedral Precincts.
Jamie’s agent said:
Thank you very much for supporting Jamie during the early stages of his career.
We are proud to have one of Jamie’s paintings here at the Deanery and look forward to seeing his future work.