Amy Winehouse painting hung in National Portrait Gallery

11:49 26 November 2012

The portrait will be the first thing visitors see. Picture: PA

The portrait will be the first thing visitors see. Picture: PA

A portrait of Amy Winehouse, painted shortly after her death last year aged 27, has gone up at the National Portrait Gallery.

Amy-Blue, by the artist Marlene Dumas, captures the Back To Black singer looking down and is in hues of blue and black.

Dumas is known for tackling subjects such as female beauty and pornography in her work.

The singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse, said: “It is a fantastic piece of work and we are fascinated to know how Amy was seen and remembered by family, friends and artists of all kinds.

“With the Amy Winehouse Foundation, Amy is our inspiration and it is profoundly moving to find that she still inspires so many others too.”

The small painting, purchased with the help of fundraising charity the Art Fund, does not feature the singer’s beehive but shows Winehouse, who battled addictions to drink and drugs, wearing her distinctive black eyeliner. She was found dead last July in her home in Camden Square.

The London gallery displays thousands of portraits and the Winehouse image, which has a wall to itself, is the first portrait visitors will see when they walk through the door.

Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar said: “Marlene Dumas’s richly evocative portrait of Amy Winehouse is an imaginative addition to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection and we are really pleased to have supported its acquisition.”

The gallery’s director, Sandy Nairne, said the painting, purchased from the Frith Street Gallery, was an “important portrait of an influential singer and songwriter”.

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