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INCREDIBLE portrait by London-based artist Alan Coulson of his friend 'Richie' for the BP Portrait Award 2012. He is largely self-taught. This came 3rd. http://www.alancoulson.com/richie_culver_by_alan_coulson.html

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BP Portrait award 2010: full frontal at the National Portrait Gallery

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Explosive Colorful Portraits Paintings

Explosive Colorful Portraits Paintings

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A finalist in the National Gallery’s BP Portrait Award on multiple occasions (2004, 2009, 2010, 2012), Mary Jane Ansell works in a photorealist style that references the past using a modern viewpoint. Hugely crisp and realistic, Ansell is able to capture both a hugely exact physical likeness of the sitter as well as convey the emotive essence of the sitter.

10 of the Best Contemporary Portrait Artists - One Fine Bid

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Mary Jane Ansell

Mary Jane Ansell graduated from Brighton University in 1994 and now works from her studio in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine. After only beginning to seriously exhibit her work in 2002, she was selected for both the 2004 BP National Portrait Award and The Daily Mails Not the Turner Prize she was also prize winner in LondonArts Art of Love competition held at the Arndale Gallery, Cork Street London.

Brighton, UK artist Mary Jane Ansell

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