Congratulations Shaun Downey!

It’s been a while, but I had to come back to congratulate Shaun Downey (previously posted about here), his painting “Blue Coca” has been included in the BP Portrait Award Competition exhibition, and on top of that is being used as the main advertising image for the competition!  I can easily see why, this is a stunning portrait that seems to reveal a great deal about the subject while simultaneously suggesting an inner life that remains mysterious.  Great work!

Image taken from the the star article about Shaun’s work, August 1, 2010.

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5 Responses to “Congratulations Shaun Downey!”

  1. James Bright says:

    Congradulations…I was admiring this image from afar visiting the National Portrait Gallery site…Wow…did not think it was from someone so close…Wonderful…and she is very enigmatic.
    Wonderful…
    P.S. also nice to see the Paint Blog is back..I hope…I, we, all of us, have missed your posts.
    Hope you have had a successful and productive period.

  2. Three things come to my mind Wow, Wow, Wow :)

  3. I wasn’t sure that is was a painted portrait at first. It’s quite well done and makes you wonder what this woman all about. Is she hiding some secrets?

  4. Great work! It makes you think about what’s on her mind. Im an artist myself. I do Face Painting For Kids and this is really an inspiration to me.

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