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BP Portrait Award: Jamie Routley shortlisted for Tony Lewis paintings

Jamie Routley's studies of Tony Lewis
Image caption Jamie Routley described painting Tony Lewis as an 'intense and profound experience for both of us'

A portrait of a newspaper seller by a 29-year-old artist from Newport has been shortlisted for a £25,000 art prize.

Jamie Routley's oil paintings of Tony Lewis are among four works in contention for this year's BP Portrait Award.

Mr Routley said he had not set out to paint three portraits but found there was "more to say" after each painting.

Mr Lewis sells newspapers at Barons Court tube station in west London.

"It was an intense and profound experience for both of us," said Mr Routley who lives in London.

Mr Routley attended Swindon College before studying in Florence, Italy.

The winner, who will be announced on 19 June, receives £25,000 and a commission worth £4,000.

There were 2,187 entries from 74 different countries, and 55 of them will go on show at an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, central London, before going on tour to Edinburgh and Exeter.

Other shortlisted artists are New York-based Aleah Chapin, Spanish artist Ignacio Estudillo and London-based Alan Coulson.

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