By Maev Kennedy
Artist Benjamin Sullivan’s portrait of his wife and baby daughter takes £30,000 National Portrait Gallery top prize
A painting of a weary but happy mother feeding her eight-month-old daughter has won this year’s BP Portrait Award, netting its artist – the subject’s husband – the £30,000 top prize.
Judges at the National Portrait Gallery were moved by Benjamin Sullivan’s work Breech!, whose title hints at the trauma of baby Edith’s birth. It was painted in his Suffolk studio over a period of weeks “when Edith’s cooperation was forthcoming”, Sullivan says, and reflected a time when a “sense of calm descended” on the new parents.