06/23/2010 01:18 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

CRISIS ART: BP Portrait Award Goes to Oil-Spill-Unrelated Corpse Painting

LONDON-- London's National Portrait Gallery announced today that their annual BP Portrait Award will go to Daphne Todd for her painting of her dead mother, . This comes somewhat as a surprise given that one would imagine that the prize's sponsor of the past 21 years, British Petroleum, has a slew of PR people working around the clock exclusively to disassociate the company from any images of death -- even those that are rendered with a different type of oil.