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…

Portrait for Christmas Gift Voucher

Portrait Voucher for Christmas

  There are many benefits to a Portrait Gift Voucher A Gift Voucher allows the recipient to enjoy collaborating with the artist in order to create their own commissioned piece. Vouchers can be arranged for a specific artist, or, alternatively, the choice of artist can be left to the recipient. The Royal Society of Portrait…

John Walton painting a portrait of Stuart Thorne

How to commission a portrait

 Five easy steps to commissioning a portrait   1 Creating the brief The brief is just a list of all the practical details which relate to your commission. The things to think about are: Who and what is to be in the portrait. How big you would like it to be. Many portraits are designed…

Palette and brush

Call for entries closing Friday 20 January

For prizes, portrait commissions, and the opportunity to exhibit at Mall Galleries, London; portrait painters should submit work  to our annual open exhibition 2017   Dates for artists wishing to submit work for our open portrait exhibition Submission opens: Monday 17 October 2016, 12 noon Submission closes: Friday 20 January 2017, 12 noon Pre-selection notification: Friday…

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…