Miriam Escofet, An Angel at My Table.

Miriam Escofet Wins the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award for 2018

The artist Miriam Escofet has won the 2018 BP Portrait Award from the National Portrait Gallery, London, for a painting of her elderly mother titled An Angel at My Table, writes Mark Brown of the Guardian. She was given a cash prize of almost $47,000 at a recent ceremony. Escofet will also receive more than $9,300 for a future commission, the subject of which will be determined by the artist and the National Portrait Gallery.

A second prize of more than $16,000 was given to the American artist Felicia Forte for Time Traveller, Matthew Napping, a portrait of her boyfriend. And a third prize of nearly $13,400 went to the Chinese artist Zhu Tongyao for Simone, a portrait of a young neighbor from the time he spent in Florence. Ania Hobson, who is based in Suffolk, England, received the BP Young Artist Award, while Robert Seidel was given a travel award for his portrait project, which will unfold alongside the Danube River.

The paintings will be on display at the annual portrait prize exhibition in London starting June 14. The show will then go on tour to the Wolverhampton Art Gallery in England, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, and the Winchester Discovery Centre in England.