Scott E. Bartner (link)
Update 19/11/2011: email van de kunstenaar himself (publicatie met toestemming):
A couple of years ago I submitted a portrait of my daughter to the BP portrait jury in London. To have work accepted into the BP Portrait show puts you on the artist’s map so to speak. My portrait, a work I poured everything into, was rejected and I took it rather badly.
Two years later I discovered Twitter and quickly found Bert Brussen to be the Twitter planet many of the others were orbiting. It occurred to me if I could capture the way he came across on Twitter, that in-your-face, don’t-know-don’t-care quality, I might have a chance of getting the jury’s attention. He agreed to let me photograph him and a few of his friends were helpful with background information. It’s interesting to note that while I was working on the portrait, Bert’s tweets were firing at me in rabid succession from Tweet Deck, giving an added dimension to the painting process.
The paintings accepted by BP are contemporary looking, often gigantic heads. I’ve attempted to paint in my traditional way, but this time chose a distinctly contemporary subject with a narrative: the decline of traditional journalism replaced by the internet journalist. Unfortunately it will be one of 2,500 paintings submitted to the jury of which only 50 will be chosen. So the question is, will Bert’s voice be loud enough?
We wensen Scott veel succes in the prestigieuze internationale BP Portrait Award, die overigens in 2011 een Nederlandse winnaar kende. De werken zullen te zien zijn van 22 juni tot 23 September 2012 in de National Portrait Gallery in Londen.