Christian Hook

Alan Cumming, b.1965. Actor

About this artwork

Alan Cumming is a renowned Scottish actor who enjoys an international reputation. Cumming studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and has appeared to critical acclaim in numerous films, television programmes and plays in Scotland, London and New York. He has also forged a reputation as a highly successful writer. This portrait is the winning commission for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of The Year 2014 competition. Christian Hook, who is originally from Gibraltar, studied at Middlesex University and has lectured on the art of Illustration at the Royal College of Art.

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  • title: Alan Cumming, b.1965. Actor
  • accession number: PG 3740
  • artist: Christian Hook (born 1972)
  • depicted: Alan Cumming
  • gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Performing Arts
  • materials: Oil on board
  • date created: 2014
  • measurements: 122.00 x 160.00 cm (framed: 145.00 x 183.00 x 8.00 cm)
  • credit line: Commissioned by Sky Arts and presented to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014
  • copyright: © Christian Hook

Christian Hook

Christian Hook

Christian Hook was born in Gibraltar. He studied illustration at Middlesex University, London, leading to a successful career as an illustrator whilst also lecturing on the art of illustration at the Royal College of Art and other universities. In 2014, Hook was announced as the recipient of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year award – winning a major commission of actor Alan Cumming, for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The artist is interested in the depiction of the passing of time and moments between events, noting that: ‘we are always on the move, if not physically, mentally’.