Monday, May 02, 2005

Gorilla portrait up for art prize

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A painting of a gorilla with a camera is among the pictures shortlisted for this year's BP Portrait Award.

Monkey Painting by Conor Walton, which features the artist holding a gorilla, is among the four portraits shortlisted for the prestigious prize.

The picture is the artist's updating of the 17th-Century monkey painting genre, in which apes were often shown in clothes or performing human actions.

The winner of the 25th anniversary prize will be announced on June 13.

They will receive a cash prize of £25,000 and a commission worth £4,000.

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