Painter in the frame

Holly by Louis Smith, which has been shortlisted for the ��25,000 BP Portrait Award.
Holly by Louis Smith, which has been shortlisted for the ��25,000 BP Portrait Award.
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AN eight-foot high portrait of a naked model handcuffed to a rock by a former Sheffield student has been shortlisted for a leading art prize after a record number of entries.

Judges whittled down 2,372 entries to come up with the final four contenders for the £25,000 BP Portrait Award.

Louis Smith, who studied at Sheffield Hallam University, said his painting of a model called Holly was inspired by the Greek myth of Prometheus, who was bound to a rock as punishment for stealing the secret of fire from the gods and giving it to mortal men.

Mr Smith said his painting was “a message of composure in the face of adversity”.

More than 50 portraits have been selected for the annual exhibition. The winners will be announced on June 14.