The BP Portrait Award Exhibition is the most distinguished international portrait painting exhibition of its kind and a leading highlight of the annual art calendar.
Lord Bishop of London was one of the first and most notable supporters of Egg Tempera Movement. The portrait was painted from an official sitting at the Old Deanery in London, and completed in 2016.
ARTIST'S STATEMENT -
"It is difficult to describe in just a few sentences the story of creating the portrait of Lord Bishop of London.
Until I was so fortunate to personally meet Lord Bishop and have the honor to paint his portrait, I had long aspired to have the opportunity to do so.
As an artist, I wished to create a portrait of this extraordinary figure, who having devoted his life to serving God, constantly prays for mankind and with his wise guidance helps people to be purer and better in the heart and soul.
Painting the portrait of Lord Bishop was a deep emotional and spiritual experience for me. As an artist, I strived to capture as finely as possible the image and spirit of this remarkable person.
I believe I expressed the feeling in his soul, which shines through his eyes. Through them gleams hope for a bright future and the triumph of goodness.
Painting a portrait of such a distinguished figure presented me with great responsibility before history, the people and the sitter, and I am eternally grateful to Lord Bishop for his trust and belief in me and my art.
Considering my painting style, the intricacy and detail of my artwork in the egg tempera medium, for his portrait Lord Bishop chose one of the most elaborate ceremonial vestments.
It was of true interest to paint the iridescent silk fabric, skillful embroidery on the mitre, the crozier’s natural precious stone, and the detail on the pectoral cross."
Elena Vladimir Baranoff, 2016
Egg Tempera Movement founder and fine artist Elena Vladimir Baranoff is exhibiting her new work of art, an egg-tempera portrait painting of The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO, Lord Bishop of London, in the National Portrait Gallery "BP Portrait Award" Exhibition.
The exhibition opened to the international public on June 23rd and ran through September 4th, 2016 at National Portrait Gallery in London.
From London the show embarked on a yearlong UK museum tour, meeting with audiences at the Usher Gallery in Lincoln (12 September – 13 November 2016), Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh (26 November – 26 March 2017) and shall next travel to Firstsite Gallery in Colchester (7 April – 18 June 2017).
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON | BP PORTRAIT AWARD EXHIBITION 2016
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