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Friday 19 May 2023

Graham Fagen

'A Portrait of Sir Geoff Palmer' acquired by National Galleries of Scotland

National Galleries of Scotland have acquired a fascinating portrait of renowned human rights activist and scientist, Professor Sir Geoff Palmer, created by Scottish artist, Graham Fagen. In the compelling 19-minute video, Graham Fagen truly captures Sir Geoff’s story and spirit.

In this single channel video portrait, Fagen captures Sir Geoff talking about his life, from growing up in Jamaica, to becoming an esteemed academic in Edinburgh. Fagen’s portrait breaks the boundaries of what we think of as traditional portraiture.

Sir John Leighton, Director-General of National Galleries of Scotland said: “We are proud to display Graham’s wonderfully moving portrait of Sir Geoff Palmer. This work recognises Sir Geoff’s many achievements and is an important acquisition that we are delighted to welcome into Scotland’s national collection.”

The contemporary video portrait is available to view for free at the Portrait in Edinburgh.

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