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Portrait Artist of the Year: 

The Exhibition

Alvin Kofi's portrait of Don Letts, painted in the first round of PAOTY Series 7, has been selected for this commemorative exhibition celebrating eight years of Sky Arts most successful series.  Curated by one of the programme’s guest judges, Kathleen Soriano, the exhibition features over 120 works selected from the more than 1,000 artists who have taken part over the years.

Dates:  from 19 February to 5 June 2022

Venue:  Compton Verney Art Gallery, Warwickshire

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The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize

Alvin Kofi is one of the Highly Commended artists presented in The Self-Portrait Prize online exhibition.  The artworks on display have been selected by the 2021 Prize Judging Panel for their creative and distinguished contribution to the genre.  The exhibition runs until 30 September 2021 (see it here).

To see the full self-portrait and description of Alvin Kofi's entry,  click on the link below:

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Portrait Artist of the Year - The Final

For their personal commissions, the three finalists were given just two days between the semi-final and the final.  Alvin Kofi chose to do a very personal portrait, his son Emanuel.

And the celebrity guest, Eddie Izzard, proved an intriguing sitter.

"Needless to say, I could have done with much more time to work on both pieces as neither were quite complete within the allotted time," said Kofi.

"But I congratulate Curtis Holder - a worthy winner with a unique technique."


On the road to the Final!

Alvin Kofi's Portrait Artist of the Year journey continues.  His semifinal portrait of award-winning writer, Bernadine Evaristo MBE, saw him through to the Final in which he will compete with two other artists.

On seeing her portrait, Bernadine said, "it's like you have seen deep into my soul."

The final will be aired on 9th December at  8pm on Sky Arts (Freeview channel 11).

Alvin Kofi presents his portrait to Don Letts

Alvin Kofi wins heat at Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year

Alvin Kofi won his heat in the first round of the Sky Arts flagship series with his portrait of the cultural icon that is Don Letts, film director and musician.  Kofi is seen here with the portrait he completed during the programme, which was also selected by Don Letts as his sitter's choice to take home from the portraits painted by the three artists in his heat.  Describing his experience of



Alvin Kofi selected to participate in the 2020 series of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year

The Sky Arts flagship programme, Portrait Artist of the Year, returns to the screen on Wednesday, 14th October at 8pm.

Alvin Kofi makes his appearance in this popular series in the fourth episode on 11th November.  


You can tune in to follow his progress on Freeview Channel 11 as Sky Arts is now free-to-air.

PAOTY Exhibition
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