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NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY BP Portrait Award
Oil and collage on canvas 1480 x 1180 mm
This self-portrait is witty, warm and intriguing. Inside his coat are a variety of collaged portraits of his parents, recording their lives before and up to his birth. He writes 'I owe them so much and this way I carry them with me always.’
Yet of all the postures he could have chosen as a tribute, why this one? Does it remind you of the man-in-the-pub offering you fake watches or jewellery? Or is he an old-fashioned stand up music hall comedian (flourishing at the time when his parents were young), who swishes his coat open like a curtain to reveal something unexpected to a delighted and surprised audience? Or is it a moving piece of self disclosure - most of us keep our history tightly buttoned up inside us.
Peter Goodfellow has been described as one of Europe's leading illustrators, but since moving to Scotland has become a well known landscape painter as well. He describes how, after working so long to tightly prescribed briefs, he wants the paint surface 'to have a life of its own'. I would call this a narrative painting, a genre I love because you have to co operate with the artist to unpick the puzzle.
npg.org.uk/publications if you want the catalogue
murals-portraits.co.uk to see more of Beauvillain Scott's work