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Amy Winehouse Painting To Be Exhibited In National Portrait Gallery

November 27, 2012 | Posted by Joseph Lee

The Guardian reports that a painting of Amy Winehouse made shortly after her death in July 2011 has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The painting was made by South African artist Marlene Dumas. It is no bigger than a sheet of A3 paper but is said to have “tremendous emotive power”. The gallery’s contemporary curator, Sarah Howgate, said: “Detail bleeds into and out of her work, directing and dispersing the gaze of the viewer.

The painting is called “Amy-Blue” and was influenced by Winehouse’s music and the “melancholy” of her life.

Her father, Mitch Winehouse, added: “It is a fantastic piece of work and we are fascinated to know how Amy was seen and remembered by family, friends and artists of all kinds. With the Amy Winehouse Foundation, Amy is our inspiration and it is profoundly moving to find that she still inspires so many others too.

The gallery acquired the painting thanks to help from the fundraising charity The Art Fund. Dumas, who is based in Amsterdam, looked for images of Winehouse online for the work. It is the first painted image of Winehouse, although the gallery does have photos of her by Mischa Richter and Venetia Dearden.

The painting went on public display today and was given an entire wall to it. Visitors can see it as they enter the contemporary galleries from the main entrance.

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