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Peter White's KeithIt was over a breakfast spent studying cereal box art that i realised I’d missed the deadline for the 2014 BP Portrait Award submissions. Although I’d not personally entered I’m proud by association to know two artists who have, in Peter White and David Vigor.
As an artist throwing your hat into the ring for this prestigious art contest, it must take courage. Last year 1,969 artists from 78 countries tried their luck and after a sift  55 paintings were carefully selected and showcased. Last year’s winner Susanne du Toit’s painting Pieter snaffled the £30,000 prize with a portrait of her son sitting relaxed with an expression of ‘reflexion’.
But rest and relaxation possibily didn’t cross either artist’ mind with Vigor rumoured to have put in mored than 1,000 hours on his offering of a mysterious suave tuxedo’d gentleman who shall remain nameless.
david_vigor3_largeWhite’s piece by contrast features a well-known local barber – well know if you live in the White Hart Lane area of North London, that is. Both should know if they’ve made the cut by mid-March and whether they’ve won by late summer.
With a second prize of £10,000, a third Prize of £8,000 and a £6,000 BP Travel Award all up for the taking, there’s everything to paint for.
The Portrait Award enters its 35th year this term and punters can view the short-listed works from 26th June to 21st September 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery London and decide for themselves what their favourite piece is? And you can’t wait, you can view and buy a selection of portraits by both Peter White and David Vigor, at Shoreditch’s Accelerator building at 35 Kingsland Rd, London, home of Guerilla Galleries.

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