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 exhibition at Mall Galleries in central London acts a fascinating barometer of current trends. It is curated from recent portraits by our Members together with the best work from an open entry. In 2017 the open entry attracted almost…

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…

Portrait Workshops

Anthony Connolly will be running workshops at at the Summerleaze Gallery in East Knoyle, Wiltshire Portrait Tuesday 18th – Friday 21st April £325 4 days Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th October £325 4 days Life Thursday 16th – Friday 17th March £185 2 days Tuesday 11th – Friday 14th July £355 4 days Thursday 16th –…

Mendoza 'Nevile Mariner'

How to choose a portrait painter

It is really important to choose the right artist because a portrait is not only a celebration of the person portrayed, it is also a laying down of heritage. Most people commissioning portraits have little or no experience in the field so expert support is essential. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters  best offers the…

Simon Davis 'Open Eye Signal' a portrait of Aliona Andrianova

Focus on Simon Davis with Aliona Adrianova

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 not only to capture the true personae of the artists as creators, but also to explore their special affinity…