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SA’s Marlene Dumas’s Amy Winehouse portrait goes on display at the National Portrait Gallery (UK) Dumas, Kentridge, Emsley, South African Portraiture tradition strong on International standards By Ben Bryant : A portrait of Amy Winehouse made shortly after her death has been bought by the National Portrait Gallery. Amy-Blue by Marlene Dumas (above) a portrait of singer Amy Winehouse who died in July 2011. : The pale blue oil is the first painted portrait of the singer to be acquired by the gallery, and was created by South African-born, Amsterdam-based artist Marlene Dumas. It was bought for an undisclosed sum with support from art fund-raising charity the Art Fund and goes on display today. Using a palette of blue and black with hints of pink and white, the painting is cropped tightly on Amy Winehouse’s head on a canvas just larger than a sheet of A4 paper. Sarah Howgate, Contemporary Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London, said: “Dumas’s

liquid handling of paint carries tremendous emotive power. “Detail bleeds into and out of her work, directing and dispersing the gaze of the viewer. The rich, translucent blues of this portrait allude to Amy Winehouse’s musical influences as much as to the melancholy details of her career.” rne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, said: “The National Portrait Gallery is very pleased to acquire this important portrait of an influential singer and songwriter, and I am grateful for the help of the Frith Street Gallery and the Art Fund that has made it possible.” Above left: (Parents: Mitch and Janice Winehouse at The National Portrait Gallery, London) Right: The beautiful Amy Winehouse

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