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…

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…

Harriet Pattinson, In Profile exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Harriet Pattinson

Harriet Pattinson is now painting at her studio in London having trained for three and a half years at Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. She graduated in 2016.  Since then she has been selected from among nearly 2,000 artists for the open section of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ 2017 exhibition.  Harriet likes to paint…

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…

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,…