& Exhibitions


Christian Hoook winner of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2014


Nearly 2000 applicants, 72 contestants, three finalists, four hours, one sitter... And finally, one very deserving winner.

Congratulations to our very own Christian Hook for winning Sky Arts – Portrait Artist of the Year 2014. Hoook has won a £10,000 commission to paint a portrait of award-winning actor Alan Cumming for The Scottish National Portrait Gallery. On winning Christian has said - “Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2014 has been an incredibly challenging feat and I am very proud to have won. It has allowed me to dig deep and push myself to new limits. I am truly honoured to have been given the opportunity to take part in this fantastic series. I’ve had the chance to work aside some of UK’s finest portrait artists and learn from them. Painting Sir Ian McKellen live at the National Portrait Gallery was a once in a lifetime experience that I’ll never forget.” – Christian Hook