Talented Chorley artist picked for national TV show comp

Artist Liam Dickinson is pictured in the first round painting Dave Myers, one of the Hairy Bikers
Artist Liam Dickinson is pictured in the first round painting Dave Myers, one of the Hairy Bikers

A Chorley-born artist is to feature on a Sky Arts TV show tonight.

Liam Dickinson, 29, is one of 60 out of 2,500 people nationally who were selected to compete in Portrait Artist of the Year 2017.

The self-portrait that Liam sent off to judges when he applied for the show

The self-portrait that Liam sent off to judges when he applied for the show

The show is a bit like Masterchef but for portrait artists. It is hosted by presenter Frank Skinner and features many celebrities.

Liam has spent the last five years since he graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston (UCLan),building up his business painting portraits.

He was selected for the show the second time he applied and being chosen was a big encouragement to him.

“I’ve been working at it for so long and you get a lot of ups and down and a lot of set backs but it is nice to be finally accepted into the show,” he said.

Artist Liam Dickinson is pictured in the first round painting Dave Myers, one of the Hairy Bikers

Artist Liam Dickinson is pictured in the first round painting Dave Myers, one of the Hairy Bikers

“It’s nice to get a bit of exposure like that, to get a platform or stage is great. You don’t get that so often and its an exciting opportunity.”

To be accepted onto the show Liam had to send judges a self portrait of himself.

Tonight Liam will face nine other hopefuls keen to get through to the semi finals. He and other contestants will be challenged to paint a celebrity in four hours.

Look out for Liam on Potrait Artist of the Year 2017on Sky Arts at 8pm tonight.

Liam exhibits his work at The Picture Shop in Pall Mall.