The Extraordinary Portraits star says sitting down for an artwork was ‘a no-brainer’


Personal trailer Patrick Hutchinson said he was still ‘extremely humbled and grateful’ for the opportunities available to him nearly two years after he made global headlines when he was photographed during a Black Lives Matter protest in London.

In June 2020, Hutchinson was pictured at the event helping an injured counter-protester to safety and his heroism made global headlines, and also saw him named the winner of the Humanitarian Award from men’s magazine GQ.

The fitness star, who has also since published a book called Everyone Against Racism: A Letter to Change the World, features in BBC Arts’ Extraordinary Portraits series – in which everyday heroes are immortalized in art .

Patrick at the Gym (Peter Coventry & Robert Douglas)

In the series, broadcast on BBC One and hosted by musician Tinie (formerly known as Tinie Tempah), Hutchinson is introduced to artist Dale Grimshaw, famous for his street murals with an artistic approach – and who uses spray cans and oil paint to create his portrait.

“I think having the portrait done by, you know, a recognized artist like Dale – it was a no-brainer for me to be honest,” Hutchinson told the PA news agency of being signed up for the series. .

“Things like art leave a legacy behind that will be somewhere wherever it is, it projects my image, that’s me, and whether I’m here or not, people will hopefully remember me, for hopefully positive reasons in this case.”

The first episode of the series featured twins Georgia and Melissa Laurie, who were involved in a near-fatal crocodile attack in Mexico last year, associated with artist Roxana Halls – and an upcoming episode will see the artist hyperrealist Kelvin Okafor, specializing in pencil portraits. , drawing Catrin Pugh, a survivor of a bus crash who suffered burns to 95% of her body.

Hutchinson said: “To say my life has changed is an absolute understatement. He was literally flipped on his head and I’m still on my head. So every day there’s something else that comes up, opportunities that come my way and I’m obviously extremely humbled and grateful for everything that’s happening.

Patrick and Dale Grimshaw (Peter Coventry and Robert Douglas)

Patrick and Dale Grimshaw (Peter Coventry and Robert Douglas)

Artist Grimshaw has enjoyed a successful gallery career and his street murals include that of singer Bob Marley in south London.

He said he had wanted to impress Hutchinson’s mother, and that visually he “felt really, really good and pretty excited” but added, “Ironically, when I started painting those first two days, I had a bit of a meltdown, because I was trying to overcomplicate things, which I said I wouldn’t do when I started the project for myself.

“I was like, don’t complicate life too much Dale, don’t think too much and I did it. But once I got back, sometimes you just have to check yourself and come back. But once I did this, I was fine and it brought me back to some of the first thoughts I had when I saw Patrick’s face.

Hutchinson, who is also the co-founder of the organization United To Change And Inspire (UTCAI), said of his story that still inspires people, “I have to admit I’m surprised. In June, it will be two years, (and) the story is stronger than ever.

Dale Grimshaw (Peter Coventry and Robert Douglas)

Dale Grimshaw (Peter Coventry and Robert Douglas)

He revealed that he still goes to schools, colleges and businesses to give talks, adding: “And people are still as interested, I think, as they were when this happened for the first time.

“And I guess that shows us where we still are on the subject of racism and equality and the George Floyd moment and the Black Lives Matter movement. As long as the racism is still there, and it still is, I guess the story won’t go anywhere.

“Because it’s a way of talking about what the place where we should be trying to get as a collective of human beings, we have to get to a space where the color of people’s skin doesn’t have matter…so if there’s racism, then my story will be told.And I’ll be happy, I guess, when they don’t talk about it, because maybe racism doesn’t exist anymore.

Dale Grimshaw and Tinie Tempah pose next to the studio portrait (Peter Coventry & Robert Douglas)

Dale Grimshaw and Tinie Tempah pose next to the studio portrait (Peter Coventry & Robert Douglas)

“But it would be nice if they talked about it and said that was the moment that everything changed. You know, that was the moment, the death of George Floyd, the image of Patrick Hutchinson, those are the moments you know, in 2020, which changed everything.

“And I have a feeling that, you know, 20 years from now when they look back in history, people will talk about it.”

Extraordinary Portraits airs on BBC One on Sundays at 6.30pm.


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