“I would say this was the highlight of my career. I met Alan at a cocktail party and we got on very well. When I later bumped into him we got chatting. I asked if I could paint him and he agreed. We sat in his garden in winter and I took many photographs until I found the perfect one. I began the portrait and Alan was kind enough to came and sit for me.
This was an invaluable experience. When Alan saw the painting he said that it was the first portrait of him that didn’t make him cringe. He said it made him look benevolent. This is how I came to call the painting “Benevolent Alan”.
Link to portrait Alan Bennett video: https://vimeo.com/119104977