Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017
Glasgow based artist Gareth Reid has been announced as this year’s Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year! In addition to receiving a £10,000 commission to paint celebrity Graham Norton, Gareth has received another surprise. In an unbelievable turn of events, it has been discovered that he and Graham are actually related, through the small Irish town of Ballymena, after the TV host featured in the “Who Do You Think You Are” programme.
“I still can’t quite take in the chances of me, out of all the people who entered, getting the opportunity to paint Graham, out all the people they could have chosen, and it turning out we’re third cousins. As Graham aptly put it “I’m embarrassed for Ireland”. He is genuinely a lovely guy and he took Suzy and me out for dinner after the unveiling…I’m sure we’ll keep in touch in some form.” says Gareth on winning the competitive award and the surprising discovery of the relation to Graham.
In a tense grand finale at the National Portrait Gallery, Gareth emerged victorious from a strong selection of 54 other British artists to win the show, painting pictures of Adrian Chiles and Imelda Staunton to impress the judges throughout the competition going on to win with a charcoal and watercolour picture of Tom Courtenay.
Congratulations to Gareth! Catch up with this series on Sky’s catch up service before the next season, which starts filming at London’s Wallace collection next month.