Alexa Chung had no time to relax when she sat down ready for her portrait to be created by three artists on Portrait Artist of the Year, receiving an immediate warning from one of the contestants after entering the room.
Portrait Artist of the Year, which airs on Sky Arts, is undeniably one of the most soothing programmes on TV, as both professional and amateur artists take on the challenge of creating portraits of famous individuals.
Presented by Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell, the show has seen the likes of Sir Trevor McDonald, Paul Mescal and Katie Piper take part in the past, with the contestants vying for a chance to win a £10,000 prize commission at the end of the series.
In an exclusive clip shared by Metro.co.uk from tonight’s episode, model, TV presenter and fashion designer Alexa is one of the three stars who is welcomed into The Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre, explaining that while she’s used to having her photo taken – which she said is a more ‘collaborative’ activity – in this instance, she has to relinquish all control.
The artists in the hall have four hours to paint their respective celebrity sitters, a process that begins with the stars chatting to the artists about how they should sit.
While Alexa instinctively went to cross her legs as she sat down in her chair, one of the contestants tasked with creating her portrait promptly warned her that wouldn’t be the best idea.
‘So they say don’t cross your legs,’ one of the artists said in the clip, as shock dawned on Alexa’s face.
‘Don’t cross my legs?!’ she asked, before admitting that would be ‘difficult’ as the sitting position comes so naturally to her.
The artist continued, explaining that if Alexa did cross her legs, she might end up with them falling asleep throughout the four-hour period.
‘Ok. God it’s so my instinct to cross them,’ Alexa replied, as she shifted around in her seat trying to find a comfortable pose.
In the end, she settled in a relaxed stance, leaning back on the chair with her arms on the armrests, one of her legs stretched out in front of her and the other more bent.
She decided to wear a glamorous black velvet dress for the occasion, with a cutout neckline and blouson sleeves.
While the dress she chose is stylish, it could pose a problem for the artists, as the garment is almost the exact same shade as the chair Alexa is sitting in.
Some of the artists may choose to paint Alexa exactly as they see her, while others may opt to inject bright colours into the composition, considering the background behind her is also varying dull shades of green and grey.
In addition to Alexa, tonight’s episode of Portrait Artist of the Year will also feature comedian Nish Kumar and actor Philip Glenister.
Only one artist out of nine will make it through the third heat of the first round, hoping to proceed all the way to the final when they’ll have the chance to win a commission to paint internationally renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
All the have to do is impress the judges curator Kathleen Soriano, artist Tai Shan Schierenberg and art historian Kate Bryan, proving they have what it takes to go all the way.
Portrait Artist of the Year returns tonight at 9pm on Sky Arts and is available to watch on NOW.
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