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The Holburne Museum hands out Portrait Prize commission

Sally Muir's painting called Adolescent
Sally Muir's painting, Adolescent, pictures her son Gabriel

A Bath graduate has won this year's £5,000 Holburne Portrait Prize commission.

Sally Muir, who graduated from the Bath School of Art and Design in 2003, picked up the prize for the portrait of her son, Gabriel, entitled Adolescent.

The Holburne Museum of Art runs the competition every two years, the first of which was in 2002.

The competition judges - who included painter Rose Hilton, actress Stephanie Cole and gallery owner William Darby - made their selection from 33 portraits.

They were unanimous in their decision to award the prize commission to Sally, saying the picture looked "fresh and alive and it always will".

On her painting, Sally, who is the daughter of the late broadcaster Frank Muir, said: "I've painted him [Gabriel] and his sister all their lives so he is a sort of work in progress.

"It's also a portrait of my father's cardigan, which is quite a bit older than Gabriel.

"It is probably the article of his which reminds me of him most strongly.

"It's a much treasured object and although full of holes, we all fight for possession of it."

The event showcases the best of the regions artists and, as the winning artist, Sally will now create a commission for the Holburne's permanent art collection.

COMMISSIONS TO DATE
The Holburne Museum of Art
Jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard by the competition's inaugural winner, Michael Taylor
Michael Eavis by Jason Walker
The directors of Aardman Animations Studio (with Wallace and Gromit) by Vincent Brown
The commission was won in 2008 by David Fisher

Alexander Sturgis from the Holburne said: "We are delighted with the judges' decision and are already looking forward to the portrait that Sally will paint for us.

"We are also grateful to all of our supporters who have made this year's exhibition possible, and support from the Friends of the Holburne, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution and all of our volunteer stewards."

The Holburne Portrait Prize was inspired by English painter Thomas Gainsborough.

Gainsborough is credited as one of the artists who made Bath one of England's most important cities for portrait painting and The Holburne Museum is renowned for its collection of 18th Century portraits.

It is currently undergoing a huge development project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The restoration of the Grade I listed building will "help transform every aspect of the museum's activity".

It is due to re-open in the spring of 2011.




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