About this artwork
Although born in Port Glasgow, McAvoy was raised by his grandparents in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow. His acting debut came in 1995 in ‘The Near Room’ but McAvoy did not consider acting as a career until he was accepted into the Royal Scottish Academy for Music and Drama. McAvoy became known for his role in the Channel 4 award-winning series ‘Shameless’ (2004), followed by ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ (2005). He has since gone on to star alongside Forrest Whittaker in the Academy award-winning film ‘The Last King of Scotland’ (2006) and Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman in ‘Wanted’ (2008). This is an intense and captivating photograph of the actor.
- title: James McAvoy, b. 1979. Actor
- accession number: PGP 780.2
- artist: Eva VermandelBelgian (born 1974)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Performing Arts Stage and Screen
- materials: Digital C-type
- date created: July 2004
- credit line: Purchased 2011
- copyright: © Eva Vermandel
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.