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Portrait Artist of the Year

S2-E1 Portrait Artist of the Year 2014

S2-E1 Portrait Artist of the Year 2014

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In the age of the selfie, four hours seems quite a long time to be given to create a portrait. But when you’ve got to use watercolours, oils and acrylics rather than a mobile it’s quite a different matter. This is the task given to the artists in the first heat of the returning art contest, who all display an astonishing range of techniques and colours as they seek to paint a likeness of Maisie Williams, Sol Campbell and John Humphrys in front of both judges and a curious public.

It’s a fascinating process, and discussion between the judges and hosts Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell gets quite heated as they argue about which is better: technique or likeness. Whatever you think of the final decision, the artists themselves are phenomenal.


Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner present a competition to find the UK's most talented portrait artist, with a £10,000 commission to paint actor Alan Cumming for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection as its prize. In the first heat, contestants paint stars including former Arsenal and England footballer Sol Campbell.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Frank Skinner
Presenter Joan Bakewell

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