Paul Brason, Arthur and Lottie a portrait of two children

Top portrait painters 2017

Commissioning portraits is at the heart of what we do.  Not only does a commission support the portrait artist but it also contributes to the legacy of portraiture for the future. Our 2017 portrait exhibition at Mall Galleries, London, displayed over 200 works by nearly 150 different artists each of whom had been selected on…

Jason Sullivan, Professor Judith Pallot for Christ Church College Oxford first female portrait to hang in the College Hall

First female portrait

Jason Sullivan’s portrait of Professor Judith Pallot is the first portrait of a female fellow to hang in the Great Hall of Christ Church College, Oxford. It will hang alongside portraits of Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, John Locke and William Gladstone. The portrait is currently hanging in Christ Church’s Picture Gallery but will be moved…

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, Lucy 100x70 oil on cotton

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…

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…