Amy Winehouse portrait on display in London


The National Portrait Gallery in London has recently acquired a new portrait of Amy Winehouse.

The painting has been produced by Marlene Dumas and was made shortly after the singer’s death in 2011.

National portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square

Amy – Blue is an oil work on a relatively small canvas and was bought for the gallery with funding from the Art Fund. The famous singer is portrayed in a mix of blue and blacks with hints of pink and white.

“Dumas’s liquid handling of paint carries tremendous emotive power,” explained Sarah Howgate, contemporary curator at the National Portrait Gallery.

“Detail bleeds into and out of her work, directing and dispersing the gaze of the viewer. The rich, translucent blues of this portrait allude to Amy Winehouse’s musical influences as much as to the melancholy details of her career.”

Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, added: “The National Portrait Gallery is very pleased to acquire this important portrait of an influential singer and songwriter, and I am grateful for the help of the Frith Street Gallery and the Art Fund that has made it possible.”

Fans of Amy Winehouse enjoying London getaways may also be interested to learn that while this is the first painted picture of the star at the gallery, the musician is already on display in two photographs by Mischa Richter and Venetia Dearden.

The gallery is well placed for people staying in central London as it is close to a number of major London Underground stations including Charing Cross, Leicester Square and Embankment. The venue is open every day from 10am to 6pm, with special late night openings on Thursdays and Fridays when the doors stay open until 9pm.