For the third year in succession, BAFTA Los Angeles has been lucky enough to secure a suite of portraits of our honourees, created by British artist Lincoln Townley in celebration of the British Academy Britannia Awards.
He has generously donated these works of art to BAFTA LA to help raise funds for our educational and outreach programs based here in the United States. Townley’s efforts will enable the creation of the “Lincoln Townley Scholarship,” which will allow BAFTA Los Angeles to add a second High Flyers Scholarship - helping a student from South LA's George Washington Preparatory High School to make the transition to higher education. The High Flyers Scholarship was instituted in 2015 as part of BAFTA's ongoing commitment to the students of Washington Prep.
Described by Sir Michael Caine as “the next Andy Warhol”, Lincoln has emerged as one of the leading contemporary British artists of his generation. His distinctive style has earned him an international reputation and led to his work being exhibited in many of the world’s most prestigious galleries. A major retrospective of Townley’s ‘Originals’ work, which explores man’s desires, was held at sell-out shows at the Saatchi Gallery in London in October last year as well as the Powerhouse in Brisbane, Australia, this summer.
He is, however, best known for his ICONS, a collection of distinctive portraits featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. When asked about his ability to capture the essence of the world’s greatest performers, Lincoln said, “These are powerful men and women. They have a quality about them that captivates us all. They’re like a canvas onto which we project our hopes, dreams and desires. It is testament to their skill and magnetism that they make this possible by opening their light and dark sides to us. We feel they belong to us and the pressures of being what we want them to be while sustaining a private identity of their own often pushes their resilience to the limit. They live life on the edge and that edge is what I’ve tried to capture in my portraits.”
BAFTA Los Angeles is very grateful for Lincoln’s support and generosity.
If you would like to enquire about the 2017 Britannia Honoree Portraits, please contact:
Mark Moss at Global Art Platform
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