Miriam Escofet has yet again had a work accepted for the BP Portrait Award! This is her fourth success in the exhibition in almost as many years.
She says of this year’s piece – ‘This portrait was a commissioned work. John Godfrey contacted me after seeing my portrait ‘Gillian’ in the BP Portrait award two years ago. He wanted to commission a portrait of himself in his High Sheriff costume, having been made High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 2010.
We discussed ideas for the composition and met before I travelled to his home to spend a whole day on the first sitting. This was mainly comprised of taking photographs, from which I later decided on the final composition.
I was very conscious that I wanted to capture all the detail and gravitas of the clothing, but retain a relaxed pose. I did not want the costume to dominate the sitter, but rather have it as the context for the portrait.
I enjoyed working with the restricted colour palette the High Sheriff costume offered as it then allowed me to be very clear as to where I wanted the focal points of light to be. The white collar and cuffs were a gift in this sense’.
The exhibition will be at the National Portrait Gallery from the 21 June to 23 September 2012.