Breech! by Ben Sullivan winner of the 2017 BP Portrait Award

Benjamin Sullivan wins BP Portrait Award

In creating ‘Breech!’ Benjamin wanted to celebrate the love that had come into their lives and reflect on the worrisome time that the couple faced during Edith’s birth. Breech! depicts the artist’s wife Virginia breastfeeding their 8 month old daughter Edith, at a time when Sullivan says ‘a sense of calm descended after the usual period disarrangement…

Emma Hopkins, Your Son 72x60 cm oil on polyester

Rising Stars, two very different new Members

David Caldwell and Emma Hopkins have been elected Membership Artists who represent very different approaches to portraiture.  These new Members have been through the Society’s very rigorous selection process to achieve full Membership.   David Caldwell David Caldwell was born in Helensburgh in the West of Scotland in 1977. He studied at the Glasgow School of…

Richard Foster, Self Portrait

Our New President Richard Foster

Richard Foster is elected to the post of President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters “It is a real privilege to stand in the footsteps of great portrait painters such as Sir William Open, Augustus John and John Ward,” believes Richard. “As President, I will strive to ensure that we encourage and attract truly…

Part of Richard Foster's installation for East Lexham Church Norfolk

Art for church

    Richard Foster’s installation of art for the church in East Lexham, Norfolk, will stir further interest when an exhibition of preliminary works opens. Richard’s traditional religious works use contemporary portraits in their biblical scenes.  Maybe, if you see this exhibition, you will be in the company of angels!   Exhibition opens 10:00am to 4:00pm…

Portrait prize winner Shawn Mcgovern, James winner of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' Ondaatje Portrait Award

2017 Portrait Prize Winners

2017 major portrait prize winners announced. Prizes are awarded for works exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.  This year’s Annual Exhibition runs at Mall Galleries until 19 May 2017 and includes over 200 portraits by more than 100 artists.   The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture Shawn McGovern, James The Ondaatje Prize is the…

David Cobley 'Made to Measure' portrait of a taylor in his work place for portrait exhibition at Mall Galleries 2017

About the 2017 portrait exhibition

Portrait Exhibition Royal Society of Portrait Painters 4 to 19 May 2017  Mall Galleries, London SW1   This prestigious Portrait Exhibition shows over 200 paintings and drawings by over 100 artists. It celebrates the diversity of this fascinating genre. It also shows the popularity of commissioning painted portraits by institutions and individuals. Portraits of a large number…

Portrait artist June Mendoza standing by her easel in her studio photographed by Aliona Adrianova

Photo shoot at June Mendoza’ studio

Portrait photographer Aliona Adrianova has taken portraits of members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. These form part of her series on contemporary artists in the setting of their own studios. Here, the photographer sets out  to capture the true personae of the artists as creators. At the same time she explores their special affinity with art,…

Coates T Self Portrait in pastel

Commissioning a portrait drawing

Why choose drawing? A portrait drawing usually takes less time than a portrait painting and often costs less too.  One or two sittings can be enough, and £500- £4,500 would be enough to commission  a drawing by most of our Members.  Many portrait painters enjoy creating drawings. If you select for drawing on our artist-finder…