Paolo Nutini, b. 1987. Singer (April 2009)
About this artwork
Born in Paisley, it was Nutini’s music-loving grandfather who encouraged him to sing, sparking an interest in the music industry. He left school to work as a roadie and was then employed as a studio hand at Glasgow’s Park Lane studios. His career was launched somewhat by chance at a concert in Paisley in 2003. With the main act delayed, Nutini was offered the chance to perform. The following year he moved to London and was soon signed to Atlantic Records. His first album was released in 2006 followed by his second, award-winning album, in 2009. This photograph is an unusual portrait of the star. Not only does the abstract and unidentifiable background dominate the composition but the singer looks out of the frame as if distracted by something else.
Born in Belgium, Vermandel studied graphic design at the Royal College of Art, Ghent. In 1996 she moved to London and began to receive commissions from magazines ‘The Wire’ and ‘Time Out’. As her success grew her work has become more widely published, featuring regularly in the likes of the ‘Telegraph’ and ‘Independent’ magazine supplements and the ‘New York Times Magazine’. Vermandel’s work is characterised by a stillness – her portraits capture the sitters in a moment suspended in time.