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Norway’s Holland at National Portrait Gallery!

 Date:18/06/2009 - 20/09/2009
 Type:Culture, Contemporary Art
 Location:England, London

Norwegian contemporary artist Natalie Holland’s work ‘Agnes’ has been selected to be part of the BP Portrait Award exhibition which runs from June until September.

The Portrait Award, now in its thirtieth year at the National Portrait Gallery and twentieth year of sponsorship by BP, is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world, highlighting the very best in contemporary portrait painting. The competition and resulting exhibition aim to encourage artists to focus upon and develop the theme of portraiture in their work. In total 54 artists will have their work displayed after being selected ahead of almost 2000 other artists.

Natalie Holland moved to Norway with her mother at the age of 19, and within years of arriving she had herself married a Norwegian and had a daughter. Holland’s life was to take a turn after meeting Norwegian art’s 'enfant terrible' Odd Nerdrum. The much celebrated, and equally controversial, painter saw some of Holland’s figurative works and asked her to come to his atelier. Her visit resulted in a two-year apprenticeship from 1990-1992 during which she got an insight into his technique as well as his unique world. ‘It was an interesting period and I learnt a lot from it technically,’ she explains.

Holland says her style is’hyper-realistic’ and she calls herself a storyteller. She has previously said that she’s compelled to examine people’s faces in her paintings as they are a boundless resource and a summation of a person's life. Holland continues, saying that she is ‘a contemporary artist who paints because the process of creating images gives me pleasure. Also, being a modern artist fulfills my all-too-human longing for immortality.’

Natalie Holland has studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and her work has been exhibited all over the world, including London, San Francisco, Florence and Chicago. The BP Portrait Award exhibition will run from 18 June until 20 September of this year.

Natalie Holland
BP Portrait Award exhibition
18 June to 20 September
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE



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'Agnes' by Natalie Holland.Photo: Natalie Holland

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