Self Portrait by Michael Noakes

The Late Michael Noakes

Michael Noakes . 1933- 30 May 2018 Guardian Obituary  Times Obituary Telegraph Obituary   and something from our records… Merlin Stewart  recording an interview with Michael Noakes in 2014   Noakes watched as aides whisked away the President’s glass of cola each time a stranger entered, in case it might be mistaken for whiskey.  Such…

Miriam Escofet 'An Angel at my Table' BP Portrait_Award

Winner!

Associates of the RP have numbered among the winners of the BP Portrait Award on many occasions, including last year’s winner Benjamin Sullivan RP NEAC, the 2010 winner Daphne Todd OBE PPRP NEAC, and the 1996 winner James Hague RP. This year, we are delighted to announce that the overall winner of the BP Portrait…

James Hague receiving Ondaatje Award from Dr Xavier Bray

Three New Member Artists announced

Each year, after the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters winds to a close, the Members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters gather together to review the portfolios of exhibitors who have applied successfully to become Candidates  in a bid to take the next step and to become a full member…

Miriam Escofet 'An Angel at my Table'

Two exhibitors on BP Portrait Award shortlist

Two of the four artists shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Award have also selected for our Annual Portrait Exhibition at Mall Galleries in May: Congratulations to Miriam Escofet and Ania Hobson, see a short Interview with Ania Hobson. Members, including  Antony Williams and Neale Worley will also be exhibiting.     Image: Miriam Escofet ‘An Angel at my Table’ …

Sir Tom Courteney with Isobel Peachey at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' Private View. Photo-Hannah Burton

Famous faces

The Annual Portrait Exhibition at Mall Galleries in May includes many quality portraits, some of which will depict faces you might recognise, including HM The Queen, Dame Judi Dench, Michael Eavis (founder of Glastonbury Festival), Sir Alan Parker (director of famous films Evita and Bugsy Malone among others), as well as Raymond Briggs (author and…

portrait prize winner Bernadett Timko, Lucas etching

Pre-selection results

This year 2,142 portrait works were entered online in the first stage of the judging process for the Open Call of our Annual Exhibition. Excitingly, submission numbers are up 9% on previous years!  For the second and final stage of the submissions process, the physical portraits are brought to London to be seen by the…

Sam Dalby unveiling his painting at Girton College for People's Portraits, our permanent collection

New Addition to our permanent collection

RP member Sam Dalby’s portrait of his friend, Justin Eckersley, has been donated to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’  ‘People’s Portraits’ collection at Girton College, Cambridge. The new addition was unveiled at a reception in September where Sam gave an illuminating talk about the painting.   Established in 2000, the permanent display is a…

Anthony Morris, Drinks with Joyce and Jim Stedman

New Portrait Award –

The RP Award: The Royal Society of Portrait Painters is delighted to announce a new £2,000 prize for portraiture, The RP Award. All works shown in the Annual Exhibition will be eligible. The award will be made to the artist whose work best represents the year’s chosen theme – which for the inaugural year, 2018, is ‘Friends’.…