Past event: Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year: The Finals

by Cass Art

Episode seven of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2014 is on tonight, and the action moves back to London as the semi-final is hosted in the Royal Academy of Arts.

The talented heat winners from this season will be painting head-to-head in the semi-final, and next week a select few will be back to paint Sir Ian McKellen in a gripping final episode hosted at the National Portrait Gallery. The overall winner will receive a £10,000 commission to paint actor Alan Cumming for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, as well as a year’s supply of Cass Art materials.

But who are you rooting for this year?

Let's have a recap of some of the heat winners to refresh your memories...

The first week saw Raoof Haghighi win his heat for his imaginative portrait of football legend Sol Campbell.

Scottish artist Alan McGowan was the second winner with his painterly depiction of Julian Fellowes.

Alan McGowan 

The third heat had a shock ending with two painters being announced as joint winners, for the first time in the show's history. Both Christian Hook and Laura Quinn impressed the judges with their vibrant portraits.

The Cardiff Heat crowned Bill Bone the winner for his uniquely textured portrait of Ade Adepitan, and Sally Dyer was the next heat winner for her portrait of young Outnumbered star Daniel Roche.

Sally Dyer 

Last but absolutely not least, Aine Divine won her heat last week in Ireland with her translucent yet powerful watercolour of Neil Hannon. 

Everyone's a winner here, but who do you think is going to be crowned the official Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year? There's only one way to find out and that's to stay tuned...

Feeling inspired?

Catch Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2015 on Tuesdays, from 8-9pm on Sky Arts 1. The semi-final airs tonight, with the finale on the 23rd December, so make sure you don't miss it!

Read our interview with the winner of last year’s Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2013, Nick Lord, here.

Stock up on your own painting supplies here to perfect your own portraiture painting.

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