Artist

  1. Anderson & Low

    For Aiming High, the final series of portraits for the project, Anderson & Low were asked to depict elite athletes and key support staff for the UK’s most successful sports.

    During a twenty–two year collaboration Anderson & Low have created a unique body of work. Highly crafted photographic portraits explore the extraordinary physical endurance and emotional stamina of elite athletes.

    Painting and sculpture provide the foundation for Jonathan Anderson (b.1967) and Edwin Low’s (b.1957) investigations across a range of subjects. Virtuoso lighting and painstaking attention to the final print are the hallmarks of all their work.

    For their most recent work with athletes, Endure – 'An Intimate Journey with the Chinese Gymnasts' (2012) they developed a loose style and painterly palette for a sensitive documentation of a highly disciplined sport

    Anderson & Low return to a formal style and naturalistic palette for the Road to 2012 project. By carefully selecting the locations and meticulous positioning of their sitters they create timeless tableaux to depict athletes and support staff behind Olympic and Paralympic aspiration.

  2. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Hannah Whelan b.1992, Beth Tweddle b.1985, Jenni Pinches b.1994 and Rebecca Tunney b.1996

    by Anderson & Low

  3. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Anne Dunham b. 1948

    by Anderson & Low

  4. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Members of GB Women’s Hockey Squad

    by Anderson & Low

  5. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Tom Aggar

    by Anderson & Low

  6. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Yamilé Aldama

    by Anderson & Low

  7. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    John Atkinson with Sergei Sizhanov, Andrei Popov, Eddie van Hoof

    by Anderson & Low

  8. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Mark Cavendish b.1985

    by Anderson & Low

  9. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Fran Halsall b.1990

    by Anderson & Low

  10. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    John Hurst b.1951, David Faulkner b.1963 and Danny Kerry b.1970

    by Anderson & Low

  11. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Peter Keen b.1964

    by Anderson & Low

  12. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Tim Reddish b.1957 and David Sparkes b.1948 with David Carry b.1981 and Kate Haywood b.1987

    by Anderson & Low

  13. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Alexandra Rickham b.1981 and Niki Birrell b.1986

    by Anderson & Low

  14. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Charles van Commenée b.1958 and Ed Warner b.1963

    by Anderson & Low

  15. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Men’s Rowing Eight

    by Anderson & Low

  16. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    Jane Goldsmith b.1941–2012, Yogi Breisner b.1954, Andrew Thomas b.1966 and John McEwen b.1945

    by Anderson & Low

  17. © Anderson & Low/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012

    Year 3: Aiming High
    David Tanner b. 1947 and Maggie Netto b.1962

    by Anderson & Low