A recently acquired oil painting of singer Amy Winehouse has gone on display at London’s National Portrait Gallery.
Painted by artist Marlene Dumas shortly after the singer’s death in July last year, the image is a new acquisition for the central London institution and was made possible with the support of the national charity the Art Fund.
Entitled Amy- Blue, the picture is an oil on canvas head portrait of the singer and uses a mix of blue and black with accents of pink and white.
Dumas was inspired to create the work following the death of Winehouse and is largely a commemorative portrait.
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: “Marlene Dumas’s richly evocative portrait of Amy Winehouse is an imaginative addition to the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection and we are really pleased to have supported its acquisition.”
It is the first painting of Winehouse to be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery but visitors saying at central London hotels can also see two photographs of the singer taken by Mischa Richter and Venetia Dearden.
The National Portrait Gallery is a short walk 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.