| BP PORTRAIT AWARD
National Portrait Gallery – London
V i n c e n t G i a r r a n o
Now in its thirty-fourth year at the National Portrait Gallery(London), the BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious competition of its kind in the London art scene and a top award recognized world wide. Gallery Henoch is pleased to announce that artist Vincent Giarrano will be included in this year’s exhibit.
Giarrano’s painting (pictured right)
"Aureta Thomollari at Fashion Week-NYC" will be shown among the 55 finalists.
The exhibition runs:
June 20 – September 15, 2013
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Vincent was kind enough to share the following about the painting:
I first found Aureta Thomollari when I saw her blog on the internet (aureta.typepad.com).
I remember thinking "This is someone who is incredibly passionate about clothing. This is what she lives for." I felt Aureta would be an amazing subject, so I asked her about working together. She liked the idea and we met when she came to Fashion Week in New York City. My concept for working with Aureta was to capture something authentic about her experience at this event. Seeing her hotel suite filled with designer clothing and cosmetics, I knew this was a setting that fit my idea. I asked her to do things that were about her normal daily routine. Aureta relaxing on the bed while blogging was perfect. It expressed so well the things I knew and felt about her. The composition of what I saw was also very appealing to me. I look at my scene as if it’s an abstract painting, just a composition of shapes and colors. If it works as that, then I know it has the right foundation to be a successful painting.
Clothing and fashion is one of my interests for my work. I’ve always marveled at the scope and range of the fashion industry. For me, it’s a truly classic subject, right along side architecture and the tradition of painting women.
This piece is part of a series of paintings I’ve been doing about life in New York City. My focus with this work is to capture the intense reality that I feel there. The city has a bigger than life energy that you can’t help but feel.
Aureta Thomollari at Fashion Week-NYC
oil on linen