Amy Winehouse portrait by Dumas at the National Portrait Gallery

Amy Winehouse portrait by Dumas at the National Portrait Gallery
Isabel del Rio

Amy Winehouse famous blue and white portrait (‘Amy-Blue’ by Marlene Dumas) has just been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

English: Amy Winehouse at the Eurockéennes of 2007

English: Amy Winehouse at the Eurockéennes of 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The National Portrait Gallery in London has just bought the famous Amy Winehouse’s portrait painted by South African-born, Amsterdam-based artist Marlene Dumas. The portrait was painted shortly after her sad death, in July 2011.

The portrait is a beautiful oil on canvas larger than a sheet of A4 paper of Amy Winehouse’s face. It has been bought for a secret sum with support from art fund-raising charity the Art Fund and goes on display from November 26, 2012.

In fact, it’s a great painting by the artist Marlene Dumas. Amy seems to be in a dream of old pale colors and of tiny bright lights. Her expression is nostalgic and her mouth is half-opened as if she still wanted to sing a last song, as if she sings out of our time, forever.

We are sure the National Portrait Gallery will have a big success with Amy-Blue by Marlene Dumas.

Amy Winehouse, singer and songwriter, rewarded with six Grammy, queen of soul and jazz, famous for her deep contralto vocals, died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011. Nevertheless, her album ‘Back to Black’ posthumously became the UK’s best-selling album of our current century. This year, Amy Winehouse was listed at number 26 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music. We remember her!

Marlene Dumas has been famous in the past for her collages, drawings, prints and installations. However, she now focuses on oil on canvas (Amy-Blue) and ink on paper paintings. She employs traditional ways of representation to critique contemporary realities, especially racial and sexual stereotypes.

A good couple of marvelous women artists: Amy Winehouse and Marlene Dumas. A good couple to be on display.


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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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