Amy Winehouse painting unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

A portrait of Amy Winehouse was unveiled at the The National Portrait Gallery alongside some of the most famous faces in British history.

Amy’s parents Mitch and Janis Winehouse stood next to the painting of their daughter, who tragically died in 2011, as it was uncovered in the gallery on Monday (November 26).

The artwork, which is about the size of an A4 piece of paper, is painted in oils, using blue and black hues to bring out the signature eyeliner and famous dark hair of the singer who lived in Camden Square, Camden Town.

South African artist Marlene Dumas, who is known for her close-up portraits, said she was moved when she heard of Winehouse’s death in July 2011, and searched through images of her online.

Dumas has had her work displayed at the Tate, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.


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Sarah Howgate, comporary curator at the National Portrait Gallery said: “The rich, translucent blues of this portrait allude to Amy Winehouse’s musical influences as much as to the melancholy details of her career.”

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