Sky Portrait Artist of the Year: Young Bonnybridge graduate is first Scot to take title

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23-year-old Calum Stevenson won the prestigious Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year television show when the final aired last Wednesday, overcoming competition from 72 other artists and more than 3,000 applicants. Did.

The episode was followed by a one-hour winners program. In this program, violinist Nicola Benedetti will meet Karam and present paintings for an exclusive portrait at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

First aired in 2013, judges Tai Shan Silemberg, Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan will travel to Europe in search of the most illustrious rising stars in the art world.

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This year’s portrait artist-Winner Calum Stevenson presents a portrait of Nicola Benedetti.Photo: Peter Devlin

Explaining his experience at the show, Karam, a graduate of Jordan Stone College of Arts and Glasgow College of Arts Duncan, said:

“At first I was afraid to draw with a camera, but when I picked up a paintbrush, I calmed down.

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“From an early age, the collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery encouraged me to pursue art. Now I am honored to have one of my paintings hung on the wall.”

Calum Stevenson was named Sky’s Portrait Artist of the Year.Photo: Michael Gillen

Karam was a figurative painter and began to focus on portraiture in order to apply for the show.His work is regularly exhibited at the Heinzel Gallery in Aberdeen, which appears in the winner’s episode.

During the show, he portrayed actor Kelly Macdonald, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, and comedian Barry Humphries.

Former Bonnybridge Primary and Denny High student Karam, who applied for the Portrait Artist of the Year after finding an ad in a Glasgow store, hopes to further develop his television success after being encouraged by a former teacher. I’m out.

Bonnybridge artist Karam Stevenson advanced to the semi-finals of the Portait Artist of the Year after portraying actress Kelly Macdonald. Contribution.

He states: Mrs. Felton, one of my teachers, was very helpful in boosting me.

“I applied for the show just before Covid, and things were delayed. Calum, who won the Sandra McNeilance Prize for Drawing and Painting at the 2019 DJCAD Degree Show, will have a solo exhibition next year to showcase new artwork. He has the ambition to hold it. He says he is more “ambitious” than before.

He states: “I took a break after shooting the show, but I’m back in the studio for a while and working on a new piece.

“The new paintings are a bit more ambitious than what I see at the show in four hours. I’m aiming to continue the momentum by opening my first solo exhibition early next year, but I still need to confirm the date. There is or a venue for such an event. “

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