The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize 2017

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The Ruth Borchard Prize 2017 In 2017, Ogbebor, an “unknown” British Nigerian won the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, with his painting Self Portrait II, (2017). Selected by judges Dr Xavier Bray (Director, The Wallace Collection), Charlotte Mullins (art critic and author), Alastair Sooke, (broadcaster and art critic at The Daily Telegraph), Marilyn Scott (Director, The Lighbox), […]

The Ruth Borchard Prize 2017

In 2017, Ogbebor, an “unknown” British Nigerian won the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, with his painting Self Portrait II, (2017).

Selected by judges Dr Xavier Bray (Director, The Wallace Collection), Charlotte Mullins (art critic and author), Alastair Sooke, (broadcaster and art critic at The Daily Telegraph), Marilyn Scott (Director, The Lighbox), Shanti Panchal (2015 Winner), and Richard Borchard (son of Ruth Ruth Borchard), Ogbebor’s work was praised for its technical brilliance and powerful rendering of the inner self and he was awarded the £10,000.

The work demonstrates the powerful possibility of self-portraiture as a platform for individual expression and cultural heritage. Living in Hackney and trained in both London and Nigeria Ogbebor context represents a longstanding connection between Britain and the Commonwealth States.

Benjamin Ogbebor (b. 1975), Self Portrait II, 2017. Oil on canvas, 40 x 30cm.

Alongside the work of Ogbebor, 120 other works were selected from the submissions to be included in The 2017 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize Exhibition at Piano Nobile Kings Place.

Please see the exhibition page for more details.

From this exhibition an unrivalled number of works were purchased for the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection.

Please see The Next Generation Collection page for more information.