The Marlene Dumas portrait was painted shortly after the singers' death in July 2011
A painting of Amy Winehouse made shortly after her death in July 2011 has gone on display National Portrait Gallery in London today (November 27).
The work, titled Amy-Blue is by South African artist Marlene Dumas and shows the singer depicted in shades of blue and grey. Dumas, who is based in Amsterdam, used images of the singer found online to create the image, which is described as having “tremendous emotive power” by the gallery’s contemporary curator Sarah Howgate in The Guardian.
The portrait is the gallery’s first painted image of Winehouse, and adds to photo portraits of the singer by Mischa Richter and Venetia Dearden.
Meanwhile, Mitch Winehouse has refused permission to allow his daughters’ music to be used in a play about her life at Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre in January. The play would have been performed at the 220-seat theatre in Denmark’s capital and was created using interviews, concerts, newspaper articles and Amy’s personal letters, the Metro reports.
A spokesperson for Danish copyright agency Koda, which had previously given the theatre approval to use the material, said: “We acted in good faith when we gave them the permission for the performance. We believed that the format, a theatre play, was OK.” They added: “We were told by her father and the lawyers around him that we can forget all about the rights for the music, the photos, branding and everything.”
A spokesperson for Mitch Winehouse was reported to have confirmed his decision, but would not give a reason.