'The Poets' at the National Portrait Gallery, BP Award 2017 Exhibition.
'The Poets' 120cm x 120cm Oil and mixed media on canvas 2017. Portrait of the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke. Currently showing in the BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
“I’m thrilled with this painting which captures my dear friend, the Welsh poet Gillian Clarke, and I at work and in conversation at Ty Newydd. “ Carol Ann Duffy
“The sitting felt easy, three artists recording a shared hour in the conservatory at Ty Newydd, writing in my journal in the company of a poet and a painter. I felt none of the nervousness I feel when being photographed. Some have said the camera steals your soul. This felt more like an exchange of creative ideas.” Gillian Clarke
"The portrait I think I like most, however, is Claire Eastgate’s double portrait of the poets Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy. It’s one of the most psychologically resonant here, and the delicate use of familiar objects – a book, absorbing the attention, a mug set down – is part of its powerful effect.
Eastgate succeeds, in quite an unobtrusive way, in showing these women as powerfully intelligent. Clarke seems to be interrogating the book, not just reading it in absorption. Duffy’s gaze, stern but benevolent, is unmistakable. I like the power of these personalities; and Eastgate’s personality, too, rises from the evident enjoyment of the challenge." Philip Hensher, The Mail on Sunday
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