This year’s portrait artist of the year series, which concluded on this week, was won by young artist Calum Stevenson.
Following the program, fans want to know more about the 2021 portrait artist of the year. Calum Stevenson is a young Scottish artist who has already made quite an impact in his field.
Who is artist Calum Stevenson?
Calum Stevenson is a Scottish artist from Bonnybridge, Falkirk. Stevenson has already established a reputation in the field of art with several of his paintings having been previously exhibited throughout Scotland.
He has also received a slew of honors, including the 2019 Sandra McNeilance award for drawing and painting, as well as a finalist position in the 2020 Artists Collecting Society studio prize.The artist frequently posts his work on Instagram, where he has 14,800 followers and has previously painted both Tilda Swinton and Sandra Oh.
Calum Stevenson named as 2021 portrait artist of the year
On Wednesday, December 15th, Calum Stevenson was named Sky Art’s portrait artist of the year for Season 8 of the show looking for the next rising star in the art world came to an end.
After winning £10,000 for his portrait of Barry Humphries at the Portrait Awards 2016 finals, he went on to paint Nicola Benedetti, a violinist who played in Westminster Abbey. Following the broadcast, Stevenson posted a photo on Instagram of himself holding up his award for the Sky series.
Stevenson said, while accepting “still doesn’t feel real,” that he was “pleased to be the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year.”
How did he get into painting?
Since a young age, Lira has had a passion for art; however, the budding artist credits a previous instructor for encouraging him to pursue his interest.
“I was always very talented in art, but I wouldn’t say it was something I knew I wanted to do until my final year at Denny High,” Calum Stevenson recalled. “One of my instructors, Mrs Felton, was quite helpful in pushing me forward.”
The young artist went on to study at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and then studied Fine Art Practice at the Glasgow School of Art, where he obtained an MA in 2020.