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Artists are getting their time in the spotlight with "Portrait Artist of the Year." An esteemed panel of judges travel across Europe in search of the brightest star in the art world.

Each episode features a regional competition and contestants are challenged to produce a portrait of one of three famous sitters. The judges select who moves onto the semifinal. When three are remaining, the finalists will have their work displayed in the world-famous National Portrait Gallery in London and the winner will receive a $10,000 commission to become a permanent part of the British Library.

Such famous sitters that are featured are Sir Ian McKellen, Sophie Turner, Sophie Dahl, Maisie Williams, Julian Fellowes, Alan Cumming, among so many more.

 

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I'm watching too! **raises hand**. I enjoy this show, but I have to admit I like Landscape Artist of the Year better. One thing both shows have taught me is that I apparently know nothing about art. The phrase "are you kidding? that's the winner?" has come out of my mouth many, many times.

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14 hours ago, GaT said:

I'm watching too! **raises hand**. I enjoy this show, but I have to admit I like Landscape Artist of the Year better. One thing both shows have taught me is that I apparently know nothing about art. The phrase "are you kidding? that's the winner?" has come out of my mouth many, many times.

Yay, I'm glad that I'm not the only one watching! I've been watching both shows and apparently my taste in portraits veers towards realism because it always confuses me when one artist paints a totally lifelike portrait and doesn't even make it into the top 3 while someone doing weird colors or effects does.

Since you're into the landscape show too, I'll start a separate thread for that show!

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WHAT?!?  Is there a new season of Portrait Artist of the Year?  I have every episode saved.  My favorite thing!

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On 2/12/2020 at 8:41 PM, GaT said:

I actually approved of the winner!

Same here. She did a great job of capturing Russell Tovey.

I also loved the guy who said that he'd been doing four hour portraits to prepare for the show. That's the kind of preparation I totally approve of!

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I thought the winner was too gimmicky, I liked the artist with all the color, but she didn't even make the short list.

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2 hours ago, GaT said:

I thought the winner was too gimmicky, I liked the artist with all the color, but she didn't even make the short list.

I agree. The double portrait thing isn't that impressive to begin with but seeing it multiple times makes it even less so.

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Does anyone else dislike the artists who only draw from their cellphone or tablet? I feel it is disrespectful to the sitter who is holding still for four hours (!) and they never look at them after they take their photo. Zooming in and copying a still image is not the same as drawing a portrait of a live person. It’s been a pet peeve of mine since I started watching the show. 

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Meh. Wasn’t a fan of any of the finalists, and I am never a fan of returning artists. 
Can’t remember seeing pyrography on previous series, but that was an amazing likeness. 

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9 hours ago, oldCJ said:

Meh. Wasn’t a fan of any of the finalists, and I am never a fan of returning artists. 
Can’t remember seeing pyrography on previous series, but that was an amazing likeness. 

I agree, I really liked the pyrography.

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I thought the winner's portrait made the sitter look terrified.

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2 hours ago, GaT said:

I thought the winner's portrait made the sitter look terrified.

Same. The look on his face made it seem like someone had just yelled, "BOO!" and scared him.

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6 hours ago, GaT said:

 

I thought the winner's portrait made the sitter look terrified.

 

I’d also look terrified if someone scraped off half my face. 😆😆😆

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I've gotten pretty good at predicting which artists the judges will choose:

"New/fresh/interesting/has promise" translates to impressionistic and modern. Attractive, detailed, representational art may get shortlisted but won't win. (Although the sitters most often choose those to keep.)

It had better be paint. Charcoal, ink, colored pencils, lino blocks, felt pens, even watercolors are mostly left by the wayside.

Weird bias against the use of palette knives.

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When I saw the self portraits that this group submitted, I thought there were some real clunkers. I ended up liking some of the finished portraits so I was pleasantly surprised. I liked how striking that elongated portrait was with the bold colors but I knew it wouldn't win because it didn't look enough like her. I also found it interesting that Wunmi Mosak mentioned how much she had been chatting with the three artists doing her portraits. We don't really get to see them interact much so I was surprised when she said that. I guess four hours is a long time to sit still surrounded by people and not talk to them.

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S6.E9: Elaine Paige

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It's the semi-finals of Portrait Artist of The Year 2020, and the qualifying artists step up to paint the First Lady of musical theatre - Elaine Paige. But only three can impress the judges enough to make it through to the final.

Original air date: 3/17/20

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I liked the painting that Elaine picked the best, but she didn't make the final 😞

Kate already gave birth,, right?

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I liked the portrait that Elaine chose. It was in my top two. My other favorite was the really close up portrait (I think Toby painted it?) which was the one that looked the most like Elaine.

Most of the others were really lacking for me. There was one that gave her a lollipop head, another that looked like it was shot through a camera with vaseline smeared on the lens, and one that looked NOTHING like Elaine.

I was really disappointed that they gave Elaine such a beautiful and dramatic backdrop with that huge red curtain and the lights, yet many of the artists didn't include those elements.

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S6.E10: Lemn Sissay

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It's the last chance for the finalists to impress the judges as they use all their artistic flair to capture Lemn Sissay.. Only one will win a £10,000 commission to paint music legend Nile Rodgers.

Original air date: 3/24/20

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Christabel's portrait was my least favorite of Lemn but I loved her portrait of the miniature artist. It was so striking and bold.

I really liked Toby's and Inga's portraits of Lemn. When taking into account the second portraits, I preferred Toby's portrait of Chef Nieve but I hated how he just slapped his self portrait into the foreground.

It always cracks me up how British people always find the absolute worst way to pronounce non-English words so I laughed really hard when the host pronounced tapas as TAP-ASS. I had to go watch this video afterward:

 

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SEASON FINALE!

S6.E11: Nile Rodgers

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Our Portrait Artist of the Year embarks on their commission to paint a portrait of music icon Nile Rodgers.

Original air date: 3/24/20

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Anyone else watching the new series? Usually I’m yelling at the judges about their terrible choices (although not as much as during Landscape). This week, however, I completely agreed with the winner. 
The social distancing was subtle, like the judges keeping back from the artists and no handshakes or cheek kisses from the celebrity sitters. And I really didn’t mind the lack of spectators at all. 

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S7.E1: Ncuti Gatwa, Lady Glenconner, Fay Ripley

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The painters have the pleasure of capturing the star of Netflix's `Sex Education' Ncuti Gatwa, actress and author Fay Ripley, and peeress and former lady-in-Waiting to Princess Margaret, Lady Glenconner.

Original air date: 10/14/20

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I loved the female artist who did the beautiful drawings of herself and her subject. She had such restraint and a delicate touch. That technique meant there was nothing to hide behind if she made a mistake.

In general, I liked all three of the portraits of Ncuti Gatwa but two of them painted the finger in a way that made it look like he was about to pick his nose.

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On 10/15/2020 at 2:31 PM, oldCJ said:

Anyone else watching the new series? Usually I’m yelling at the judges about their terrible choices (although not as much as during Landscape). This week, however, I completely agreed with the winner. 

I absolutely hated the winner's self portrait. The way she painted the hands creeped me out. They looked enormous & deformed.

On 10/18/2020 at 2:58 PM, ElectricBoogaloo said:

In general, I liked all three of the portraits of Ncuti Gatwa but two of them painted the finger in a way that made it look like he was about to pick his nose.

Yes, they did. You would think they would have done something to correct that.

I didn't realize this was starting again & I wondered where Joan was. Turns out she's hosting "Portrait Artist of the Week"  instead & won't be backing hosting this show this series. The weekly show doesn't interest me at all, but I miss her.  Joan & Stephen will be back hosting "Landscape Artist of the Year" together. While I was searching for where Joan was, I ran across her Wikipedia page, I had no idea she was so accomplished.

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I just watched this show for the first time, specifically, "Portrait Artist Of The Year 2020 - Episode 2," (https://youtu.be/NvVl87Ap94M) and thought to myself, "I could do that!" but, unfortunately, it is only open to those who "have been resident in the UK, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland for at least one year on
15thOctober 2020" (https://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/wp-content/uploads/PAOTY-S8-Ts-and-Cs-Final-Approved-by-Sky.pdf)--which I suspected based upon the accents.

I didn't yell out loud, but I did a lot of head shaking, LOL.

 

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S7.E3: Deborah James, Eamonn Walker, Melanie Sykes

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The third heat gets underway as nine artists have just four hours to create a celebrity portrait that will blow the judges away.

Original air date: 10/28/20

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The winner was really bossy. “Pam, turn towards me”, “Pam, take a break”. What about the other 2 artists? What if they didn’t want Pam turned towards her? What if they weren’t ready for Pam to take a break? She just decided for everyone. I didn’t want her to be in the top 3, never mind win.

Ray was a terrible sitter, she kept bopping to her music & doing things on her phone. I guess she didn’t understand that she was supposed to be still. Good thing she didn’t have the winner painting her.

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S7.E5: Robert Rinder, Katie Piper, Don Letts

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The fifth heat gets underway with three more famous faces sitting down for portraits and nine artists hoping to impress the judges.

Original air date: 11/11/20

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On 12/14/2020 at 3:57 PM, TVbitch said:

Anyone watching the current season. I am furious they keep putting the scribble guy through! 

 

You must have loved the ending then. ;)

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