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Who is Calum Stevenson? Sky's portrait artist of the year's career explored

Amber Peake December 18, 2021
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Earlier this week, as season eight of Sky Art’s portrait artist of the year series, came to an end, young artist Calum Stevenson was announced as the winner.

Following the show, fans are curious to know more about the 2021 portrait artist of the year. We explore artist Calum Stevenson’s career so far.

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Who is artist Calum Stevenson?

Calum Stevenson is a 23-year-old artist from Bonnybridge, Falkirk in Scotland.

Stevenson has already built a presence within the world of art, with some of his work having previously been displayed in exhibitions across Scotland.

He has also racked up a number of accolades, including the 2019 Sandra McNeilance award for drawing & painting and was a finalist of the 2020 Artists Collecting Society studio prize.

The artist often shares his artwork on his Instagram, where he has 14,800 followers and has previously painted both Tilda Swinton and Sandra Oh:

Calum Stevenson named as 2021 portrait artist of the year

On Wednesday (15 December), Calum Stevenson was awarded the title Sky Art’s portrait artist of the year as season eight of the show looking for the next rising star in the art world came to an end.

Having impressed judges with his portrait of comedian Barry Humphries which secured him the £10,000 winning prize money, he went on to paint Violinist Nicola Benedetti and captured her performing in Westminster Abbey.

Following the show, Stevenson took to Instagram as he gushed about winning the Sky series.

While sharing a snap of his portrait of Nicola Benedetti, which will be displayed in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, Stevenson admitted while winning “still doesn’t feel real”, he is “honoured to be the Sky Portrait Artist of the year.”

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How did he get into painting?

The 23-year-old has had an appreciation for art since a young age, although the young artist credits a former teacher as encouraging him to further his passion.

In an interview with the Falkirk Herald, Calum Stevenson explained: “I was always quite good at art, but I wouldn’t say it was something I knew I wanted to do until I was in my final year at Denny High. One of my teachers, Mrs Felton, was quite instrumental in pushing me on.”

The up and coming artist went on to study at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and later pursued his passion at the Glasgow School of Art, where he achieved an MA in Fine Art Practice in 2020.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.