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BP Portrait Award success for Edinburgh artist

Portrait, entitled "Flora MacGregor" (L) and Jo Fraser (R)
Image caption Jo Fraser's portrait, "Flora MacGregor" is to go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London in June

An award-winning Edinburgh painter has had her work selected for a prestigious exhibition.

Jo Fraser's portrait, Flora MacGregor, is to go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London as part of the 2011 BP Portrait Award exhibition.

Her painting was one of 55 selected from a record-breaking 2,372 international entries.

The exhibition, which is the leading showcase for young figurative painting, will run from 16 June - 18 September.

Oils and charcoal

The event, now in its 32nd year at the National Portrait Gallery, is aimed at encouraging artists to focus on and develop portraiture in their work.

Miss Fraser's portrait, which was executed in oils and charcoal on canvas, was commissioned by Lundie Castle in Brechin and was completed in December 2010.

Miss Fraser has won prizes such as The Ian Eadie Award for drawing and painting and The Elizabeth Greenshields Award for figurative art.

She is currently splitting her time between commissioned work and a series of 6ft tall individual portraits of her contemporaries.

Miss Fraser's work is on display at the Dundee Collected exhibition at The Nicole Porter Gallery in Aberdeen until 30 April.

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