ABOUT ANTHONY CONNOLLY

Anthony Connolly trained at Goldsmith’s College. He now lives with his family in Wiltshire. For several years he has exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition at Mall Galleries.

Before becoming a full time painter Anthony taught for several years and still runs drawing and painting courses. He has a studio at his home near Salisbury but is always pleased to travel to work with his subjects in their own homes or elsewhere.

Anthony Connolly’s book, ‘Portrait Painting’ was published by the Crowood Press in July 2011.

COMMISSIONS

ANTHONY CONNOLLY PRICE GUIDE

Oil
20 x 16 inches £3,000
24 x 20 inches £4,000
30 x 25 inches £6,000
36 x 28 inches £7,000
40 x 30 inches £8,000
50 x 40 inches £10,000
60 x 40 inches £15,000

Drawing
20 x 16 inches £1,200
20 x 24 inches £1,500
36 x 28 inches £2,000

This is a rough fee-guide for a single portrait. Frame, travel & accommodation expenses, and VAT are not included. For groups and non-standard sizes please ask for a quote.

METHOD OF WORKING

The process of making a portrait always begins with a discussion. Consideration is given to all the elements that the picture might eventually contain. The outcome will be a collaboration in some degree but finally the artist has to take responsibility for his work. I prefer to work entirely from life but I do realise that the sitter may not always be able to make the necessary commitment.

Consequently, I am prepared to make use of photographic reference together with actual sittings. In this scenario a substantial part of the painting can be completed in my studio. Sittings would be scheduled at different stages of the process and to suit the client. Once the proposal has been agreed a timetable will be set.

During the initial sitting I would typically make some sketches in oil or pencil to refine the proposal. If working just from life I would normally need about twenty-five hours to complete a half-length painting in oils. A drawing will normally require between four and six hours.

I am not currently registered for VAT.

EXHIBITIONS

2014:

  • The AXA Award for Drawing, RHA Dublin Exhibitions
  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
  • Family Familiar, Winchester

2013:

  • Broken Meats, King’s College, Cambridge
  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • Royal Hibernian Academy
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
  • WVAT
  • Hackwood Festival
  • NEAC

2012:

  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • Royal Hibernian Academy
  • Prince of Wales’ Prize for Portrait Drawing
  • Lynn Painter Stainers Exhibition

2011:

  • Royal Society Of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • Royal Hibernian Academy
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
  • Editions Picard ‘Drawings and Portraits’ – Paris

AWARDS

    • 2004 The Prince of Wales Prize for Portrait Drawing
    • 2009 The Changing Faces Prize
    • 2012 The Prince of Wales Prize for Portrait Drawing
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