Kirsty Wark, born 1955. Broadcaster (2002)
About this artwork
Dumfries-born Kirsty Anne Wark is a Scottish journalist and media personality, best known for presenting BBC's current affairs programme ‘Newsnight’. Wark joined BBC Radio Scotland in 1976 as a researcher, before moving to television in 1983. In 1990 she made her name by conducting a memorable interview with the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, in which she questioned her on the poll tax. Wark was named journalist of the year by BAFTA Scotland in 1993 and Best Television Presenter in 1997. The following year she was named Scot of the Year 1998 and she was awarded the 1999 News and Current Affairs prize by Carlton Women in Film and Television. More recently Wark appeared in ‘Dr Who’ and ‘Celebrity Masterchef’. This portrait shows her sporting the Scottish saltire.
- title: Kirsty Wark, born 1955. Broadcaster
- accession number: PG 3396
- artist: Jennifer McRaeScottish (born 1959)
- depicted: Kirsty Wark
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(In Storage)
- object type: Painting
- subject: The media
- date created: 2002
- measurements: 30.50 x 25.40 cm (framed: 52.80 x 47.00 x 7.00 cm)
- credit line: Purchased 2005
- copyright: © the artist
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
McRae studied at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen from 1987 to 93. Since 1988 her work has appeared in group and solo exhibitions in Britain and America, and she has won numerous awards including the BP Travelling Scholarship in 1999. Best known for her distinctive portraits, she has had work commissioned from the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. McRae is also an enthusiastic printmaker. She currently lives in London.