Portrait Artist of the Year 2019: Courtney Pine

Portrait Artist of the Year 2019: Courtney Pine

Series 5



We become reacquainted with our early-heat friends in tonight’s semi-final. And the whittling down applies to the celebrity sitters: there’s just one model tonight, British jazz legend Courtney Pine – plus sax. Presumably he won’t be serenading the artists at the same time, but you never know.

It must be intriguing for visitors to the Wallace Collection in Marylebone – those trying-to-be-nonchalant visitors stealing the occasional look – to get a snapshot of the competition. As ever we, of course, have the benefit of the miraculous time-lapse sequences that create their paintings in seconds.


The semi-final sees the remaining artists attempt to impress the judges with their portraits of jazz musician Courtney Pine. Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell present.
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