Portrait Prize Winner 2008
David Fisher the artist responsible for the striking portrait “Dead Man Posing” has won the £5,000 commission to paint a portrait for the Holburne’s collection.
Mr Fisher’s painting was selected by a distinguished panel of judges who were unanimous in their decision. Humphrey Ocean, Victoria Glendinning and John Leighton all overwhelmingly agreed that the portrait had succeeded in convincing the viewer that the sitter was someone with whom they had a personal connection.
The judges felt that the portrait of Philip Ledbury was ambitious and successful in both scale (five feet by three feet) and composition and had no hesitation in awarding the prize to the Bath-based artist.
In addition to the Prize commission two other winners were announced. The winner of the People’s Choice online vote with the Bath Chronicle was Katy Sullivan for “Calm” and the gallery winner of the People’s Choice was Sue Burns for her portrait of her son, Joe.
The Holburne’s fourth portrait competition for artists in the South West runs until Tuesday 28 October at Chapel Row Gallery, Bath.
The exhibition is supported by the Friends of the Holburne Museum, Chapel Row Gallery and Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.