Portrait Artist Of The Year 2019 - Episode 11 [HD]

Portrait Artist Of The Year 2019 – Episode 11 [HD]

hello and a warm well Sh welcome to the magnificent National Museum of Wales in Cardiff where the atmosphere is electric because we're about to unveil a very special work of art yes the Sky Arts portrait artist of 2019 duncan Shoesmith has completed his prized portrait of the Welsh born international singing star Sir Tom Jones and there's a rising sense of anticipation of seeing it for the first time it's not unusual to be this excited is it throughout this series talented artists from all over Britain and Island have competed for the chance to win this sensational 10,000 pound Commission professional artist Duncan Shoesmith first impressed with his striking portrait of actress Jodie coma Duncan is someone who knows exactly who he is as an artist it was a good painting all day really he then went up against eight other artists in the semi-final once again wowing the judges with a portrait of acclaimed saxophonist Courtney pine it's almost as if I've gone beyond the music and I'm closer to the man and after a tense final at the National Portrait Gallery Duncan's painting of award-winning Hollywood actress Laura Linney and his commissioned portrait of celebrated jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine secured his place as winner of this year's competition that he can do this is kind of mind-boggling his prize is to paint international singing superstar Sir Tom Jones who over a career spanning half a century has sold more than a hundred million records we follow Duncan as he sketches how does it feel to have someone scanning over your face and nobody's for ya so I don't you say what do you look at us yeah photographs and it's your best side Quadra the both good obviously of Tokyo and paints this legendary entertainer being serenaded along the way it's not our news you want to be loved by anyone well right through to unveiling his finished portrait here at the National Museum of Wales [Applause] here in my name announces the winner is obviously fantastic the sky arts portrait artist of the year 2019 is duncan Shoesmith I thoroughly enjoyed it and I throw myself into the stress and the intensity of the heat and the semi-final the final again on top of a hat three young children so life can crash and I quickly you know if I'm very pleased but the next day there's always a stinking happy forty nine year old Duncan is a professional artist who works part-time from his home studio in Wiltshire he graduated from the University of Middlesex with a degree in graphic design I realize it didn't want to do graphics needed something more immediately creative set by myself started painting poring over art books slate got better started approaching portraiture as a career and then kids have come along Duncan lives with his wife Jo and paints portrait commissions around looking after his three children Clement Peggy and Agatha who ensure his recent success doesn't go to his head you remember in the run-up to the competition I used to sketch you every night yeah good memories slightly boring it was a bit boring yes yeah wife's the doctor Oh Chris far more importance Richie is more important than my career and so it's only now I started putting the attention back on the painting I'm not as surprised as the paps I should be that he did win and I'm terribly proud of him but I somehow would have been disappointed if he hadn't because I think he's amazing Duncan soon to leave his countryside Idol for the bright lights of London for his greatest challenge yet his prize commission is of Sir Tom Jones the global singing sensation with timeless hits including it's not unusual the green green grass of home and Delilah multi-grammy and Brit Award winner in 2006 he was knighted for services to music Sir Tom Jones big-name but fascinating to meet him now he must be in his seventies generally when I do a commission or I paint a portrait of someone it ends up on their sitting-room wall but this is in a national institution so it'll be on display members of public just be able to go in I'll be able to go in just look at it it's really exciting this has never happened before so this is this is a big step for me Duncan has come to the Welsh capital to see where his final painting of Sir Tom will hang a jewel in Cardiff's crown the National Museum of Wales houses world-class art spanning five hundred years before he puts brush to canvas Duncan receives the briefest commission from senior curator and presume Wales thank you should we go and have a look at the gallery where your painting is going to absolutely so this is where your painting will hang it's the place that a lot of our visitors come into first when they come to the art galleries from an artistic point of view it's a fantastic space you could go small in it would be very powerful piece or I'm thinking we could go pipe quite big with Tom he's got a big personality big voice he's such an icon isn't he I mean it's the sort of music that people hear when they're going through the streets of Canada if you hear it in the rugby stadium it's something that Welsh people identify with and I think he's a very important figure for us to include in our collection like you say he's such a big personality maybe a small work wouldn't be appropriate but you're going to be meeting with him and you'll give the benefit of that experience to all our visitors which I think could be really exciting yeah he really is a global Welsh isn't it I think he absolutely merits his position if I can do injustice it is enormous bit of wall gonna need some more paint I've put a producer mcdee s'en for this institution the company is a bit nuts he's got fried bacon hot me I wouldn't mind being on the back of the loo door just to be in the same building as those names yes is a tree one particular artist in the collection is especially inspirational to Duncan thanks to his unflinching approach to portraying the human form this is a Lucian Freud painting of his brother Steven and to see it just lifts my heart when I was learning to paint I bought myself a Lucian Freud burn I the horror over the pictures and this one particular picture it's absolutely beautiful his examination of the head it's really interesting with shadow the grays and his Chi the reflection on his head my god every time I've done a self-portrait and had a sheen I think of that picture looking at it here now I see more things I can see that the shadow under his nose his absolutely beautifully observed the shirt goodness me delecia for his white shirt it's just beautiful right God it's just great really is seeing things like this makes me want to paint before he starts the portrait duncan has just two sittings with Sir Tom to sketch and photographed but also to get a sense of his famous citizen ality meeting sir Tom James it's not something I say every day I'm anxious because he's busy man got a limited time to get that information that I need to produce a decent painting they're meeting at the London Palladium the scene of many of the early musical performances which first propelled Sir Tom to national stardom in the 1960s if I'm briefly honest I am expecting him to look somewhat older than Sir Tom as we know him from the telly this is a 78 year old man so I expect Daria's of frailty there which possibly doesn't go with his TV and musical image but waiting for a famous sitter can be unsettling that is a guy place Tom don't get nice is here I knew so I'm gonna have to a portrait of you very nice I hope you realist you're not an impressionist if now you won't have to turn it the right way or anything like that okay so we're set up through here sure I'd like him to do what he feels what he thinks I look like and then to try and capture that if I look like me to me then it'll be okay if it's okay I was gonna sketch you yeah it's really just so I can get used to your face yeah yeah I shall mainly be frowning at you but don't be offended for me it's important sketch it's a beautiful way to spend a quite a bit of time with that person but equally it's forcing him to stop and contemplate a bit and spend the quiet half-hour do you remember your first time performing here at the Palladium yeah well the first time was to do Sunday night at the London Palladium which was the biggest TV show in Britain you knew that you'd made it and then being invited to do the Royal Variety show there was live with the Queen sitting in the box did you just go with it yeah well my voice gave me the confidence you see but there were seasoned performers that were on there that were nervous mmm you know and to see Tommy Cooper looking for his trousers you know I thought he was first I thought it was part of his act but it wasn't he had lost his trousers he was really there was and so seeing people like that you know you think wow maybe I should be nervous should I should you always sing I could always say ever since I was a baby lucky apparently when I was very young my mother would take me to the corner shop and I would want to sing so she put me up on an orange box and I would sing songs and they would give me money and I think my mother was my first agent she would take the money here he's not frail I still have a kick in his step far more of a firecracker you know he's got a lot of energy do paint will draw yourself I used to paint when I was young well I had TB when I was a kid so I was bedridden for two years I was 12 – I was 14 and I had a spot on the lung so I was told not to do anything energetic to get complete rest if possible so I had to stop singing which I hated but I'd always sketched ever since I was a child and then when I started singing in that sort of took took a back seat then how does it feel to have someone scanning over your face that's okay nobody's four so I don't you say what are you look at that yeah I hope I'm pleasantly surprised who you love this isn't the finished piece no of course I know it's very basic all you got to do is really sit there and try and look intelligent that's the most difficult part how do you feel about speed in the permanent collection of the Museum of Wales it's a tremendous honor being hung in Cardiff were you born in pancha pretty pony pretty and pretty 12 miles from Cardiff I say you'd never describe yourself as Cardiff boy well in the 50s being a Teddy Boy people would come in to your territory and there would be fights especially held scraps which I was part of yeah yeah yeah you couldn't be you couldn't recall the Cardiff boy but they would know anyway in card it because the accent is different you see really oh yeah coming from CAD if they say caddie okay I hear that yes yeah all your years in America did you have to soften your accent well I had to suffer my accent when I came to London my manager said you know slow down because of holiday I used to speak very quickly like this is he okay so then I started to develop talking like this good evening ladies and gentlemen and my sense of humor is Welsh slightly sarcastic the in the South way poking fun at the English no doubt well yeah Dean Bob sighs what twit Dean Bob sighs Clara is the English can kiss my ass okay I never come to this it's fascinating just to spend these kind of minutes with you you're far far more animated than I thought you'd be I heard there's a such an energy flying 3 yeah yeah so the sketching for the day's done I'll show you what have know yeah I can see it's me I like it strong yep I'm thinking something quite powerful yeah ok that's nice just looking over there Duncan has two sessions to get to know Sir Tom Jones and decide how best to portray him in his painting for the National Museum of Wales no no that is your best side you know this going into the museum in Cardiff Wales so it's an important thing so I need to look important the sky arts portrait artist of the year Duncan Shoesmith is an hour into his first sitting with Sir Tom Jones at the London Palladium is this familiar territory for you oh yeah it's a amazing place yeah a tremendous theater and the Royal Box yep get waves yeah when you're standing up there and you're looking up there whoo they can make your Twitter better yeah well it's kind of good place to take some more photos oh shoot happy with that sure so your memories of the plane here yeah that was something the acoustics are wonderful yeah you know there's not a lot of echoed is this an natural echo in here but not much it's not on use you won't to be loved by anyone it's not unusual to have fun with anyone but when I see you hanging about with anyone it's not unusual to see me cry I wanted to her haha Wow half the volume there my groceries stop talking okay you want to steal one you do a mouse a blur yes that's great thank you I think he was trying to tell me to keep quiet that was it you see the talking singing whistling anything but keeping still be quiet that's fine I'd much rather see that in him than get his mouth right in a sketch that session has definitely served its purpose okay it kind of just all goes into the mix in my head but Thomas been really nice spending this time with you yeah look forward to seeing you next time yeah I'm looking forward to it yes yeah me too as a professional artist Duncan has twice made the short list of the BP Portrait Awards both paintings feature his university friend Johnny so found this at home which is over 20 years old yep that's amazing I haven't seen that for ages it was the first not that I wasn't just terrible and this was enough endorsement that I thought I'm gonna try and do this as a career I've been able to watch him paint and develop all these years you know and the work he produces now is is fantastic the title the picture is under employed and in Time Out magazine they mention this picture and it said and Duncan Shoesmith painting of an underemployed vicar [Laughter] it was Johnny's teenage son herb Duncan's godson who encouraged the somewhat reserved painter to enter portrait artist of the year is it a joy to sit for me sometimes you can be a bit can be a bit grandpa can you yeah I've got to be honest I was so surprised when Dean admitted that he had entered because he can be very shy and reticent about things I was amazed there was never a question of doing it to win for me was doing it just get you off my back turned out I didn't it herb gave him a lot of banter I think he rose to the challenge and just absolutely delighted every time he got further surely all what air for air did get quite excited yeah and when he said he got into the final we were like wow taking part in the competition for an artist who paints quietly on their own without intrusion it's completely laying yourself open you're showing to everybody all the workings and the frailty because paintings can fail even on good days however that pressure really pushes you remember this is rough under painting okay so don't be too alarmed nice you got rattan in there yeah orange good yeah exit early stages that's all I kind of hoped for and then do the fine stuff with the oils Duncan's very hardworking and is quite exacting artists are notoriously self-critical and so it's really nice to have other people judge him as being as good as I think he is so very exciting for his second sitting with Sir Tom Jones Duncan is keen to capture him in natural daylight so that he can explore his subjects skin tones in close detail look at the pictures from the first session you get sort of very blank areas of the flesh a bit too warm and tanned but I learned to paint by looking at mainly Lucian Freud's work someone who examines so closely the flesh and the bit of paint and I really like is digging around for those cool grays and blues and greens that you get from veins and bits of your face so I'm really hoping that the natural daylight here will help with that in order to create an insightful portrait Duncan will need to not just produce an accurate likeness but in some way capture the essence of Sir Tom I want to paint an honest picture I want to paint something pure I'm sure there is more there than a polished television personality I'd like to get a little sneak in behind the curtain and maybe yeah just more of a sense of the man but there's no point in me just having my own agenda and I want to paint him you know this soft quiet person if actually he's a jack-in-the-box Tom really could see you again notice here – I'm just gonna do a little bit of colour matching so it won't look like a portrait as such but I'm gonna be bigger than a bit yeah sitting for an oil painting you have to be patient and give the painter as much as he or she would like in order to do a good job the only thing I can compare to sitting for a painting would be like when I sing a song that somebody else has written I'm giving my interpretation so I think that's what Duncan would be doing as an artist let's say you are looking exceptional for your age Tom thank you very much look it is good to do it well you're almost exactly same range as my father-in-law but you're much more sprightly than yes what did he do for a living well he's retired Oh that'll do it you I would have to be forced into retirement so I'll sing until I can't sing anymore I've always felt very lucky that I can sing and not have to do something that I don't like in the early days he must have done some yeah I did a number of jobs I was an apprentice glove cutter well I learned to handmade gloves I was a vacuum cleaner salesman door-to-door really yeah it was alright because I get the you know saying the club's at night I did work for a living once there's no expression that every painting an artist does is in essence some form of self-portrait and I'd want to see a contemplative tongue I want to see quite a quiet Tom and maybe I am just betraying myself but he'll that's what makes it picture by me but your looks important to you is as much of your voice I think that a lot of people if they look at old photographs of ourselves you know sometimes you think well what was I thinking then you know because styles change and looks changed then you think well maybe I did go overboard with that a lot but some things proved to be really good and some things not so good I do like your hair natural I have to say what with the hair you know I was dining it for for so many years but then I saw some footage of me and I thought that the head it looks more false now than it used to so I decided not to not to dye it anymore then I realized that I should have done it maybe ten years before but you try to do things that like years ago I mean my nose was broken when I was I was younger because it you know we took a few blows did you get a few lines back oh of course you should see the other fellas Iza well turned out man and there's a certain matter of makeup and polish kind of want to get someone out off I want to see the lines I want to see the crags but I wonder how much of that in woods really want shown in the picture so how would you feel I don't feel 78 I know that it seems a lot older and than I feel but mentally I think if you doing something you love you don't feel like you're getting old then god forbid if I couldn't sing as well then I don't think I would realize that I was getting old and as far as me betraying you you know the imperfections a beautiful thing for oh sure so you don't mind me no no no Ragan you a bit and no because I think it adds character you should look like you've lived you know that you've experienced things and you're not retouched try to look younger than you are it just doesn't work you know the the things that you've experienced through your life should show good okay so match few sort of colors and patches like that okay so yeah you can see it for reference yes I won't look that fat will I know and you'll have two eyes and there's always handy yeah but I known the first impression so you don't judge it on that until the thing is finished really but I've seen Duncan's work and I've seen some of the portraits that he's already done so I got faith in him I think he's gonna do a great job portrait artist of the year Duncan Shoesmith has won a commission to paint one of Britain's best-loved entertainers Sir Tom Jones for the National Museum of Wales and their second sitting is coming to an end it's been a hell of a ride and it's very surreal to be sat on this rooftop with you but I space it's just another day for youth well no no every day's aren't like this I mean I don't get my portrait painted every day first of all I love art good because I've always been interested in drawing and painting myself you know when I was of course when I was a kid yeah and it's gonna be in Cardiff which is which is really insane you're not nervous about what I'm gonna do or are you no I'm not nervous no as I said I'm pretty realistic I mean your eyes it's like of me now I blow your chin or anything no exactly but I've seen stuff that you had done so I thought well looks very interesting looking forward to seeing the finished in right time I thought if I can pop you here yep this is just tremendous just having that cool natural light coming across your face for me the nicest moment of the two days was sat having a quiet moment with him outside on the bench you've realized that there's a really lovely soft gentle tender man there and it's your best side quite really both good obviously all for you but I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished it and if you look down the barrel I think he's gonna get my character or some of my character on canvas which i think is gonna be very interesting if I don't like it it's not going up but after two sittings Duncan is less clear on the direction of the painting today's definitely twisted the the feel of the picture I suppose I would never have considered that a smaller more intimate portrait would be the way forward not that I'm necessarily going to do it but yeah I've got to work things out Tom we're done we're done thank you very much okay now you've looked forward to it to help clarify his thoughts on the painting duncan catches up with one artist who understands the vagaries of portraiture more than most Taishan Sheeran burg Duncan kind of intrigued about how you Commission's going well I had a couple of days of Tom Jones and I don't want to just produce a painted PR shot yeah for me it's lovely to really get into the flesh do I even want to really show his personality or his background I'm not very interested in him as a head yeah but you see I wonder whether that smacks of too much ego as an artist shouldn't we just give the public what they expect you've hit upon that horrible conundrum that is the you know what is the role of the portrait artist I mean as artists supported us we would like to show something that no no other medium can show yes and I think you're quite right to feel that you know why choose painters to make a painting of this sitter if you don't want the magic of paint to do something different yeah your painting is Seamus Heaney in the portrait it comes to mind that for me is a great painting before being a portrait you've almost attacked it as if it wasn't a commission it seemed to me was interesting it went through three iterations were the first one I struggled to get the lightness the second one it's not a great painting but it's a great lightness that was gonna go to Queens university's alma mater and so this last one was almost a release from the hard work I had freed myself from the obligation of the Commission this one was for me so I think when we're dealing with subject matters like we are we've got to find strategies to keep our back free and I suppose that one worked for me in the end my priority is is to do a nice bit of paint yeah yeah we're looking forward to what you're gonna come up with okay well thanks with all he's learned from his time with Sir Tom and bolstered by ties words Duncan returns to his Wiltshire studio where he makes exhaustive preliminary studies to help him resolve his portrait dilemma Tom's got the fantastic face it's his eyes his features you know he's got really good bone structure and if you can find a great line that maybe sort of runs down here and then Bosh Bosh Bosh Bosh and then down the chin sad but it's really good that's what's sketching and the prelim work is doing so that when I start the picture it's in your head you know there are certain lines within his face that that a key as far as composition head on he is strong this is the image we usually see of him and I did small studies and big studies took them to maybe it's kind of three-quarter stage and particularly the big head-on study is perfectly nice it's a decent likeness I think you'd look good in a gallery but I bored myself doing it I didn't feel it was displaying any different image of Tom that we haven't seen before which is why I wanted to try something different having spent some time with Tom there was the odd moment where you saw a more introspective quarter signed to him and I wanted to get something of their having got to the end of that painting I was getting drawn in and my painting was getting tighter and tighter and got a borderline overworking I think in the competition the heats Emmys and final I had a certain mindset attack on the canvas you know you're forced by times be much more forthright with your strokes and just freer and not get something that did dip dip and I wanted that to continue these is the thing to do that is to go bigger you naturally become freer but also I want to paint this picture with some of the land that I had during the competition so having done the small one the shackles are off this picture it's bigger and it's a bolder pose I do love carving away those early days of getting the structure in because you can be bold you know you're gonna be painting a of her more accurately I want him to be in a certain position on the canvas I want his eyes central gives a nice balance just brings you straight into that beautiful pale blue eye if the eyes looking away it adds a more reflective air it seems to insinuate a certain thought process going on that's all part of narrative for me I'm a portrait painter who really likes to see the irregularities of flesh and the cools and warms but crucially the temperature balance within a face there's some nice deep brownie purples and grays to be had it's those cools they're lovely to do because sunny the picture starts to come together it's just full-on Tom really after many weeks of hard work in his Wiltshire studio Duncan's prize Commission portrait of Sir Tom Jones is finished and almost ready for its new home as part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of Wales I can't quite get my head around the fact my paint is going to be in the National Museum of Wales you know if I hand a commission over it's usually just to the family or even just to that person it's not to a roomful of people I am nervous I want people to like it I want people I respect like the judges to like it I obviously wants the Commissioner err to like it it's exciting it's his first painting in a big institution there's immense pressure on him to produce something that is memorable because his career could really blossom if he gets it right I would like Duncan to take this opportunity to make a mark we're looking for a painting that really puts across Tom Jones's image as a great icon of of Wales we're also wanting something that gives us a little insight to his character something that's really going to create an impact but this Welsh icon has a performance schedule which means he can't be at the unveiling so Duncan's arranged to give him his very own sneak preview Tom good to see you again great to see you at last I get to reveal the picture to you yeah it's gone through quite a few sort of changes precisely to arrive early enough it should show experience that I've lived a while and hopefully I've learned a lot it really is important to me that hopefully you you you do like it if you're not sort of pulled back or anything terrible the worst thing I could be confronted with there's some grumpy old man oh they don't mind that grumpy I don't like all right deep breath oh yeah I love it I think it's great you've captured me very well I like the expression – I love it well thanks don't know really I mean I really really do like it and this of course would be in Cardiff yes the land of my father's with a stamp of approval from his famous sitter it's time for Duncan to unveil his portrait of Sir Tom to the world in Cardiff friends and family have gathered for the big moment well Duncan it's been a long journey we've been with you all the way and now is the moment how does it can't say I'm not nervous but excited full of anticipation yes you could say yes I can't wait any longer so we have a look okay here we go [Applause] what do you think and first impressions Thanks fantastic it's a wonderful likeness Duncan I think it's real credit to you well congratulations it's a tremendous piece of work well done [Applause] the light this is great and I think he's giving us a real sense of the man it has a gentleness and an introspection as well as the fabulous showroom so it's got both those things and I think he's got that quietness but that mischievousness but you get one sent home as well but you also sense that maturity and that acceptance of authority and achievement at that age you know he doesn't have to be all showy and lousy anymore you know he's got that sort of kingly grandeur to him I love it I really do I look wise and not grumpy I didn't want to be a grumpy old mine on there and I'm not it's a very strong portrait it's almost like there's the streams flowing over his face with all the cracks and crannies which always like the story of his life to have managed to create a portrait which you know is really strong presence I've always been confident about the light that's been there but it's gonna be more than that there's got to be a sense of the person so far the people I've spoken to have picked up on that and that's good that's very success as far as an artist there's no denying it is a relief I think it's fantastic well done Duncan it's great work it's got loads of impact I'm sure our visitors will love it you get really up-close and personal with the man himself don't you it's a very commanding piece well I hope the people of Wales who couldn't be as proud as I am I hope that they that they think that I'm worthy to be there to start with and that they're happy with the painting as happy as I am if they are then everything will be great I hope that I take momentum from the competition and I'm brave enough to still have a bit of a tack the competition is kind of held my hand as I get bigger and bigger I want to keep going because a large of the cameras you do get freer I enjoy painting that picture I'm just over the 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12 thoughts on “Portrait Artist Of The Year 2019 – Episode 11 [HD]

  1. Has any artist in this series ever painted a whole figure? Duncan’s portrait of Tom is the best he has done so far with finer brush strokes.

  2. I think I feel more comfortable about this winner than any of the other years. He has obviously worked and worked gaining skill, technicque and moving past that into being able to grasp elements of the sitter. I love his style. More than anything I am impressed that finally we have a winner who has big enough feet to fit the boots. Last year's winner was just too young and immature in style. I checked her website recently and she appears to simply be repeating her gimmick because she lacks the techniwue, practice and maturity as an artist. So glad he won, love his work.

  3. Duncan was a great interviewer..he made Tom feel comfortable…he could have his own show painting portraits of famous ppl and interviewing them at the same time…

  4. An absolutely brilliant painting! Duncan is hands down my favourite artist of all the years of the series. He is a delightful, thoughtful family guy, too. Hope we can follow his future!

  5. What a great job! Sir Tom Jones should be proud of this painting! Duncan , caught more then a likeness , he caught something of Tom's personality. I also loved the colors Duncan used. I hope he continues his art career with much success .

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