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      Season 2 – Portrait Artist of the Year

      2014 Special Interest Reality List
      Reviews Artists are getting their time in the spotlight with "Portrait Artist of the Year." An esteemed panel of judges travel across Europe in search of the brightest star in the art world. Each episode features a regional competition and contestants are challenged to produce a portrait of one of three famous sitters, the judges select who moves onto the semifinal. When three are remaining, the finalists will have their work displayed in the world-famous National Portrait Gallery in London and the winner will receive a $10,000 commission to become a permanent part of the British Library. Such famous sitters that are featured are Sir Ian McKellen, Sophie Turner, Sophie Dahl, Maisie Williams, Julian Fellowes, Alan Cumming, among so many more. Read More Read Less

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Oct 15, 2014 London Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell begin their hunt for the Portrait Artist of the Year. Heat one sees artists paint sitters including Sol Campbell against the clock. Details Episode 2 Aired Oct 16, 2014 Edinburgh More artists put their nerves and artistic flair to the test as they paint celebrities including Julian Fellowes in Edinburgh; with Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 27, 2014 Edinburgh 2 Artists in Scotland paint stars such as Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp; an incredibly close heat means there's a twist in store; featuring Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell. Details Episode 4 Aired Nov 25, 2014 Frank Skinner, Joan Bakewell, and the judges move the competition to Wales where 12 gifted artists get just four hours to paint celebrities including Greg Davies. Details Episode 5 Aired Dec 2, 2014 In London, 12 artists attempt to impress the judges by capturing celebrities, including Jilly Cooper; one contestant uses tapestry to depict Melvyn Bragg. Details Episode 6 Aired Dec 9, 2014 Artists vie for the final place in the semi-final by painting The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon and actor Colm Meaney in Dublin; with Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell. Details Episode 7 Aired Dec 16, 2014 The seven semi-finalists battle for a place in the final by painting a double portrait of Richard Dawkins and Sally Hitchiner; with Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner. Details Episode 8 Aired Dec 23, 2014 It's crunch time as the three finalists get four nerve-racking hours to paint "The Hobbit" actor Sir Ian McKellen. Details Episode 9 Aired Dec 30, 2014 Winners Film The victorious artist bags the winning commission of £10,000 for 2014 by making a painting of Alan Cumming for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Details Next
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      Season Info

      Network
      SKYART1
      Genre
      Special Interest, Reality
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date
      Oct 15, 2014
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