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Extraordinary Portraits: Karenjeet Kaur Bains & Amar Stewart (BBC One Monday 4 July 2022)



The first female Sikh champion for Team GB is British powerlifter Karenjeet Kaur Bains. British artist Amar Stewart resides in the thriving art community of North Carolina.

Amar is a self-taught artist known for portraying hip hop stars as royalty in his paintings. He doesn’t follow the rules, and this masterpiece won’t be any different. Amar meets the mother of the powerlifter, who was denied the same athletic opportunities, and the powerlifter’s father/trainer, who is pleased that his daughter is breaking both stereotypes and records.

Amar Stewart explores his own heritage as he paints Karenjeet, who summons the power of her ancestors to gain strength before she competes, smashing through gender stereotypes in the Asian community and celebrating her Sikh faith.

Extraordinary Portraits is a Chatterbox Media production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The Executive Producers are Nav Raman and Ali Quirk, and it was commissioned by Emma Cahusac for BBC One and BBC Arts.

Airdate: Monday 4 July 2022 at 8.30pm on BBC One.