Dame Sally Davies and artist Daphne Todd during the unveiling at the National Portrait Gallery. Picture by Jorge Herrera.


FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT DAPHNE TODD PAINTS FIRST FEMALE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER A newly commissioned portrait of Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, by Daphne was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on Monday 27 June 2016. In making the portrait, Daphne responded to the task of painting in Dame Sally’s office…

Susan Ryder interiors and still life open

SUSAN RYDER INTERIOR PAINTINGS SHOW Susan has a new solo exhibition of interiors and still life paintings opening in October this year. The exhibition, titled ‘Lamplight and Flowers’‘ Lamplight and Flowers’ runs from the 6-22 October 2016 Panter and Hall. Entry is free.                                                                                ABOUT SUSAN RYDER Susan’s father, Robert Ryder VC, was an amateur…

Hugo by Benjamin Sullivan RP NEAC

Benjamin Sullivan wins BP Portrait Award

Hugo Williams by Benjamin Sullivan The judges of the BP Portrait Award said that this work is ‘Finely rendered on a small scale, we thought the portrait gave us a strong sense of the presence of the sitter. The painting’s ageless quality is subtly balanced by the appearance of the modern wrist-watch.’  This Portrait, of the…

Paul Brason exhibition at Althorp

Paul Brason at Althorp Earl Spencer has invited Paul to hold an exhibition of his work at Althorp as part of the Althorp Literary Festival following the successful posthumous portrait Paul Brason painted of Spencer’s father. The choice of artist was made on the recommendation of Julian Fellowes of Downton fame.  Brason is exhibiting 36 works most…

Mark Roscoe with his portrait of Dr Archie Brain

New Member Mark Roscoe

New Member; Mark Roscoe’s career is on a roll. Mark Roscoe’s Self Portrait entry was used to advertise the 1998 BP Portrait Award, by 2012 he had started exhibiting with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.  Mark was soon noticed and won the Changing Faces commission. The resulting commissioned portrait was exhibited the following year and…

The hanging of the lawyers!

  Mark Roscoe’s portrait for the Faculty of Scottish Advocates.   Mark worked on this portrait of 32 members of bench and bar over eighteen months. If you look, you can see he has discretely included a portrait of himself in this work. Commissioned in 2013, it depicts the First Division courtroom in Parliament House,…

Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016 at Mall Galleries

Top portrait painters 2016

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters is one of the largest and most prestigious organisations servicing  clients for commissioned portraiture in the UK. 230 of the best recent portraits were exhibited at the 2016 annual exhibition where the top portrait painters were:- (by popularity in alphabetical order) Paul Brason ‘Born in 1952, I spent most…

Portrait & Figure Workshops

Anthony Connolly will be running two workshops at the Summerleaze Gallery in East Knoyle, Wiltshire. The workshops last four days and the price includes lunches and refreshments.


Tuesday 29th March – Friday 1st April (incl.)                     £325


Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th July (incl.)                                £355