Showcasing the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world.

Fifty-five works – selected from a record-breaking 2,377 entries – reveal the variety of different approaches to the contemporary painted portrait.

For the first time in the 25-year history of the award, portraits by a husband and wife have both had work selected for the exhibition. Judges chose Henrietta Hall's seven-foot study of TV personality James Martin, as well as Tim Hall’s portrait, capturing his wife with their pug dog, Ollie, as she works on her series of paintings of chefs in their shared studio.

The couple have been married for seven years and live in The Net Loft in the fishing village of Mousehole, Cornwall. The BP Portrait Award is judged anonymously, so the link between the two artists wasn't discovered until after the selection process.

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