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Aspiring portrait artist

Nick Lord

(image from dailymail.co.uk):

is named the first recipient –

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, 2013.

Sky Arts partnered with the National Portrait Gallery and

British Library, London

 to identify an emerging artistic talent

in the genre of portraiture.

The competition was judged by a panel of

respected individuals within the art community:

Kathleeen Soriano – Director of Exhibitions, Royal Academy of Art

Kate Bryan – Head of Contemporary Art, Fine Art Society

Tai-Shan Schierenberg – Portrait Artist and

Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery – London

The winner receives a 10,000 pounds sterling commission

to paint award-winning author

Hilary Mantel

(image from the guardian.com):

(Wolf Hall , Bring Up the Bodies)

The portrait of Ms. Mantel will be part of the

permanent collection at the British Library.

This year’s successful artist – Nick Lord

triumphed over a field of almost 2000 entrants.

He lives in Cardiff, Wales and

works in his father’s business

painting model trains to earn a living.

The award affords him financial opportunity

to devote more time to his art work

and of course exposure of his talent.

Mr. Lord’s process is unique to the tradition

of portrait painting;

he paints primarily from photographs,

not from having the sitter in studio.

His winning portrait is of

Sargent Johnson Gideon Beharry

(image from johnsononbeharryvc.com):

the British soldier who received the

Victoria Cross, the highest military honour for valour,

awarded by the British government.

On 1 May 2004 and again on 11 June 2004

Sargent Beharry risked his life

to save members of his unit –

during ambushes from enemy forces in Iraq.

Mr. Lord’s portrait of Sargent Beharry

(image from dailymail.co.uk):

is displayed presently at the

National Portrait Gallery, London.