Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
|National Portrait Gallery Unveils New Painted Portrait of Writer V. S. Naipaul|
LONDON.- A painted portrait of Nobel Prize winning writer V.S. Naipaul has been commissioned by the National Portrait Galleryand unveiled there today.
The artist Paul Emsley won the BP Portrait Award, the National Portrait Gallery's annual painting competition and exhibition in 2007. It was on the strength of Emsley's portrait of fellow artist Michael Simpson that the Gallery was able to persuade the Nobel Prize-winning writer to have his portrait painted for the Collection.
Late in 2008, the artist visited the writer's Wiltshire home. Naipaul wished to be depicted in his garden, and Emsley photographed him sitting on his folding stool. The attention to the pose of the subject is complemented by the artist's atmospheric treatment of the garden, which appears to disappear into the wintry darkness, an effect achieved through the application of layers of translucent glazes and the use of just two colours.
A Nobel Prize-winning writer, Naipaul was born in Trinidad, coming to England in 1960 to study at Oxford University. His first novel The Mystic Masseur (1957) was followed by A House for Mr Biswas (1961). Naipaul's literary themes include exile and displacement; he won the Booker Prize with In a Free State in 1971. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.
Glasgow-born artist Paul Emsley (b.1947) lives and works in Bradford on Avon, near Bath. He grew up in South Africa before moving to England in 1996. Paul has exhibited widely and won several prizes. His BP Portrait Award winning portrait of 2007 was a large close-up of the head of 67-year-old artist Michael Simpson.
Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, says: "This is a beautiful and mysterious portrait of a great writer, painted by BP winner Paul Emsley. I am very pleased that V.S. Naipaul enters the Collection as a new portrait."
Jayde Card, Acting Director UK Arts & Culture, says: "Paul Emsley's hauntingly beautiful portrait of V.S. Naipaul is an outstanding demonstration of how the BP Portrait Award not only encourages the continuing development of portraiture but also introduces important new artists to the Gallery's permanent Collection."
This portrait joins other works in the National Portrait Gallery's Collection of commissions by BP Portrait Award winning artists including Camila Batmanghelidjh by Dean Marsh (BP Portrait Award winner 2005); J K Rowling by Stuart Pearson Wright (winner 2001); Sir Peter Mansfield by Stephen Shankland (winner 2004); Dame Cicely Saunders by Catherine Goodman (winner 2002); Fiona Shaw by Victoria Russell (winner 2000); Sir Paul Smith by James Lloyd (winner 1997), and Dame Helen Mirren by Ishbel Myerscough (winner 1995).
Sir V.S. Naipaul by Paul Emsley is on display at the National Portrait Gallery's Contemporary Collections in the Lerner Galleries (Room 41). Admission free
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The world, the world of women whose causes you championed and the media world are so much poorer from losing you. When the strongest among us are felled; and at a time when the media world is struggling for a moral centre; when the bedroom becomes a battlefield and a fiery furnace; the champions against violence become its victims, we need to step back and ponder. I have been too numbed by shock at news of the murder of #MarciaHenville all weekend ... a newswoman making the news now in the news and in the most tragic of ways. And at a time when the the media needs that kind of boldness bravery and strength. Marcia's warmth shone through her tireless championing of and for the best in us. What a loss and what a way to go. RIP my friend. @krisramp @lolleaves www.krisrampersad.com
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Journalist author and playwright Raoul Pantin passed away last night. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. He was a social chronicler and an institution of memory of Independence, the Black Power Revolution and the 1990 attempted coup. Apart from his journalism I admired his tenacity over the last year against drinking. Share your thoughts here. May he RIP @lolleaves @krisramp #Demokrissy #MediaEducation #CaribbeanHeritage
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
The National Museum and Art Gallery was originally established as the Royal Victoria Institute in 1892. For the first time in the history of its existence, a Board of Management will be established to oversee the operations of the institution. The first Chair of the Board is Dr Kris Rampersad. The Board of the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago will be responsible for the preservation, research, presentation and interpretation of significant and representative collections housed at the museum.This inaugural board of the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago will work in accordance with the National Museum and Art Gallery Act of 2000, to facilitate the growth and sustainable development of the National Museum through policy development in areas of: Human Resources, Collection Management and Museum Education and Programming. As the inaugural Board after a hiatus of over a decade, there is no doubt that any member of this Board, must be willing to give of their time and intellectual resources in order to safely enhance the work of the Museum as a tool for social change and custodian of our tangible and intangible heritage.
Receiving instruments of appointment as Chair of the Board of National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Kris Rampersad from Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration, the Honourable Rodger Samuels
Wednesday, December 31, 2014