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Shadow crown, 2021

Nicholas Hopwood

Darling Portrait Prize 2022 Highly Commended

She inherits our future.

My darling Josephine. While I am here I will arm you with love. While I am here I will give you all that I have. When I am no longer here, we will meet in the shadows behind the curtain of sleep. Almost awake. You will be wearing a crown.

This is a painting of my daughter Josephine. The concept for this work comes out of the anxieties I have around the kind of future we are leaving our children, and how best to prepare them for it, especially when we're no longer around.

People's Choice Award

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

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1 x DPP catalogue
1 x night at Midnight hotel Autograph Collection
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1 x double pass to any exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2023

The People’s Choice Award is generously supported by the Liangis family, with the artist who wins the most votes receiving $10,000.

Voting closes Sunday 25 September 2022. Terms and conditions apply.

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

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