London’s National Portrait Gallery recently acquired an oil painting of singer Amy Winehouse.
Painted by artist Marlene Dumas not long after the singer’s death in July 2011, the artwork is a new acquisition for the central London gallery and was made possible with the support of the national charity the Art Fund.
Sarah Howgate, contemporary curator at the National Portrait Gallery, explained: “Dumas’s liquid handling of paint carries tremendous emotive power. Detail bleeds into and out of her work, directing and dispersing the gaze of the viewer.
“The rich, translucent blues of this portrait allude to Amy Winehouse’s musical influences as much as to the melancholy details of her career.”
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, added that the Dumas painting was an “imaginative addition” to the central London gallery’s collection and was an “evocative” portrait of the singer.
Although it is the first painting of Winehouse to be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery, there are two photographs on display at the institution taken by Mischa Richter and Venetia Dearden.
The National Portrait Gallery is a short distance from a number of London Underground stations including Charing Cross, Leicester Square and Embankment and is open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm, with extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays until 9pm so ideal for those staying in central London hotels.
Visitors to the gallery also have until February 17th to see the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 exhibition, which features 60 high-quality images.