by Gaby Spinks
Local man Michael Gaskell has reached
the final four of the National Portrait Competition. He has lived
and worked in Burngreave for 12 years. He paints using the medium
of egg tempera, which means mixing coloured pigment with egg yolk,
which is a very slow and painstaking process.
“The stiff competition for places at one
of these national exhibitions means that just getting a painting
selected is an achievement, being chosen as one of the four prizewinners
as well is fantastic news” said Michael.
The National Portrait Award, now in it’s
23rd year at the National Portrait Gallery, is a highly successful
annual event aimed at encouraging young artists to focus upon, and
develop, the theme of portraiture within their work. This year the
competition received a record 858 entries and first prize will be
The Messenger would like to congratulate
Mike for reaching the final four and wish him the best of luck for
the judging in June.
The painting is entitled ‘Noura’,
permission was given by the artist and the National Portrait Gallery.