An Ealing artist has scooped a prestigious award in first Egypt Art biennale in Sharm el Sheikh.
Stella Tooth was awarded a special prize by the judges at a televised closing awards ceremony held in the grounds of the newly opened Le Royal Hotel in Sharm el Sheikh.
She was one of three London artists to receive special awards at the biennale where around 50 artists of 100 selected took part.
Art dealer Liana Teruzzi, who represented the artists, said: “I am overjoyed that so many of my artists have been selected to take part in this prestigious artworld event. They have so njoyed meeting their fellow artists, producing their two competition pieces and taking part in the many art-related events in the beautiful desert setting of Sharm el Sheikh.”
The artists painted in various venues in Sharm el Sheikh: in the grounds of the Sonesta Club Hotel where they stayed, in the frenetic Naama Bay shopping area and the town square – having been inspired by whirling dervish dances and the La Dolce Vita nightclub set in caves.
Stella, from West Ealing who is currently working on a series of paintings of some of the UK news broadcasters, was also asked to paint three portraits of the South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda, Hesham Ali and biennale organiser Gamal Meleka. She presented the paintings to them at the closing ceremony. She has just completed a study of Kate Adie and is now working on a study of George Alagiah, who presents BBC News at Six and is the main presenter of GMT on BBC World News.