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, awarded to a work in the Society’s Annual Exhibition which best represents the year’s chosen theme – which for the inaugural year, 2018, is ‘Friends’. The Society looks forward to receiving wide, new and surprising explorations on the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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