Coventry artist runner up in international art competition

The Uncertain Time Credit: John Devane

Coventry artist John Devane has won £10,000 by coming second in The National Portrait Gallery's BP Portrait Award with his painting of his children.

Mr Devane teaches at Coventry University and his portrait features his children Lucy, Laura and Louis.

The winner was South-African born Susanne du Toit, from Berkshire, who painted her son Pieter in oils.

Almost 2,000 artists from 77 different countries entered work in the competition and 55 portraits have been selected for the exhibition which opens to the public at the gallery on Thursday.

The exhibition will come to Wolverhampton next year.