Sky Arts and NPG info

Just a quick catch up post tonight. Thank you for all the comments on recent blog posts here and on Facebook. I thought rather than answer everything separately it made sense to pop some info here all in one place which'll hopefully help:

Sky Portrait Artist of the Year
This series was shown on Sky Arts channel which we get here in the UK by subscription. Not sure if it's available in other countries. Here's the website with more about the shows:

There are also clips on You Tube:

including this one:

And they've done a book called A Little Book of Portraits, but I've not seen it, so I have no idea if it's worth a look.

The winner was Christian Hook and his website, Facebook, Twitter etc. is here:

Some of the paintings from the series are on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Here's their website:

where you can browse the collection and see thousands of portraits and video clips.

All that left me thoroughly inspired to pick up a paintbrush and have a go. I've just primed a panel with gesso so as soon as it's dry, no excuses!

Bye for now,


  1. Hi Laura, thank you very much for showing the work of Christian Hook. While looking through my facebook feeds, I thought the picture was of one of your workmen playing with your paints!! I quickly realised it was a portrait. This morning I watched the video of Christian Hook painting to the dancing. I have to say it brought tears to my eyes. It was just brilliant. I am just going to watch it agan. Thank you very much Laura. Cathy Jupp (a DMTV fan)


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