Aleah Chapin wins BP Prize at London Portrait Gallery!
Our South Whidbey community is celebrating the success today of 26 year old Aleah Chapin, a native daughter raised on Whidbey Island! Aleah won the prestigious first prize in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England! Along with mountains of accolades from reviewers and friends, the first prize Aleah won is £25,000 and a commission from the National Portrait Gallery. Ms. Chapin has recently graduated with an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in Brooklyn, NY. Aleah’s painting entitled “Auntie” is part of a series of nude portraits named ‘The Aunties Project’. These portraits are of women Aleah has known all her life. According to Aleah, “The “Auntie” painting exemplifies the personification of strength through an unguarded and accepting presence.” The director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne believes “Aleah Chapin’s portrait is ambitious and beautifully painted, with superbly controlled color and tone.” The judges agreed, “Aleah’s nude portrait of this family friend is a deserving winner.”
Ms. Chapin was one of four finalists who were selected from 2,187 entries from all over the world. Aleah’s painting will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery on Thurs. June 21, 2012. We at Brackenwood Gallery salute you Aleah for your hard work, your incredible talent and for creating a painting that came from your heart. Obviously you were able to capture the essence of these Aunties who have cared for and love you all your life. What a gift you have given them by creating this touching series of paintings now known as ‘The Aunties Project’. BRAVO!
To read more google: Aleah Chapin BP Portrait Award. To see more of Aleah's work google: Aleah Chapin artist.