LARA Alumnus named Portrait Artist of the Year 2020

We are very proud to announce that one of our very own former LARA students – Christabel Blackburn – has been announced as Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of The Year. The London-based artist beat over 70 competitors to win the title, painting Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar and singer Elaine Paige along the way, finishing with a portrait of author Lemn Sissay in the final.

LARA alumni Cristabel Blackburn won Portrait Artist of the Year

Christabel won a £10,000 commission to paint musician Nile Rodgers – to be displayed in the Royal Albert Hall – as well as £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art.

Nile Rogers Christabel Blackburn
Christabel travelled to Conneticut to paint music legend Nile Rodgers.


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