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Fine Art Graduate wins a BP Portrait Award

13 Jun 2018 2:00PM

A graduate of the University of Suffolk’s Fine Art degree has been awarded the Young Artist Award in the BP Portrait Awards.

Ania Hobson’s A Portrait of Two Female Painters depicts the artist with her sister-in-law Stevie Dix and explores the relationship between the two of them as painters working in the studio together.

Ania was one of only four artists to have been shortlisted for the Awards at the National Portrait Gallery in London. It is one of the largest art competitions for portrait painters in the world. The artworks were selected from 2,667 entries from 88 countries, submitted for judging anonymously by a panel which included journalist and broadcaster Rosie Millard and artist Glenn Brown. Last year Ania was selected to exhibit, this is the first time her work has been considered for the Awards.

Ania said, “I never counted on coming first but I couldn’t be happier to have received the Young Artist Award out of the 4 awards. It’s allowing me to pursue my career as a professional painter.”

The 28-year-old former pupil of Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham studied at Suffolk College before completing a degree in Fine Art at the University of Suffolk. She started her career as a wildlife painter, and one of her first successes was being preselected for the Society of Wildlife painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. 

Ania now works full time on her paintings and commissioned portraits, and is based in Asylum studios at RAF Bentwaters near Woodbridge. She is hoping to continue submitting to international exhibitions and is also looking to study further.

The BP Portrait Award 2018 exhibition will run from Thursday 14 June to Sunday 23 September 2018. For information about the prize winners visit

For more about Ania’s work visit

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