12.11.13 4:55 PM ET
Controversial Semi-Clothed Kate Middleton Artist Wins Big British Award
Nothing seels like controversy, eh?
An artist who painted a daring picture of a pregnant Kate Middleton in a racy stripper-style pose has been named as the winner of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition.
Nick Lord, 25, was named winner of the prize - which comes which comes with a £10,000 cheque, a year’s supply of art materials and a commission to paint Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel for a portrait which will hang in the British Library.
Will he paint Mantel in a similar state of undress to his notorious Kate pic? We think not.
Lord won the prize for his portrait of Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry, who is the first living recipient of the Victoria Cross - a medal bestowed for bravery - in 30 years.
The prize was awarded at the National Portrait Gallery last night, where director Sandy Nairne hailed the portrait of Lance Corporal Beharry as “magnificent, bold and accomplished”.