Paul Wright’s oil painting of the poet Simon Armitage is currently displayed at the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award exhibition. The picture was commissioned by a friend of the artist and sitter, Andrew Moorehouse, who has privately published a selection of Armitage’s writing.
Armitage has been awarded the Sunday Times Young Author of the Year, the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize, and a CBE for services to poetry. He has recently created a poem with the University of Sheffield that literally tackles the problem of pollution In Praise of Air.
Other paintings included in the exhibition are portraits of art forger John Myatt by Edward Sutcliffe and Li Wu Da, chef James Martin by Henrietta Graham, and actor Timothy Spall by Tim Wright.
The BP Portrait Award will run at the National Portrait Gallery until 21 September, and is available to see for free.