ABOUT EMMA

Emma Wesley graduated from Selwyn College, Cambridge with an MA in English Literature before studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservations of Easel Paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

She has work in many private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, London.

She undertakes commissions from small head studies to large group portraits, and is particularly interested in painting people in their working environment, surrounded by the tools of their trade.

Emma has work in many private and public collections, and has recently undertaken commissions for, amongst others, the National Portrait Gallery, the Inner Temple, All Souls College, Oxford, Christ’s College, Cambridge, the University of East Anglia and the Nuffield Hospital, Oxford.

COMMISSIONS

PRICE GUIDE

Acrylic
20 x 16 inches £2,000
60 x 40 inches £20,000

Oil
Any £2,000 (acrylic)

Drawing
from 10 x 8 inches from £1,000

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

I work in acrylic on board, not in oil paint. I need from three to ten sittings and work from life, not photographs. I don’t often paint children but am happy to portray groups and to travel to my sitters. I am not currently registered for VAT.

NOTABLE SITTERS

  • 2003 Sir John and Lady Sally Weston
  • 2006 Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry for the National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2006 Professors Chris and Uta Frith, FRS FSA
  • 2007 Margaret Bent CBE, FBA for All Soul’s College, Oxford
  • 2007 Sarah Ward OBE DL2008 Myles Burnyeat CBE FBA
  • 2008 Sir Brandon Gough, Chancellor of the University of East Anglia
  • 2009 Jack Straw MP, Lord Chancellor, for the Inner Temple
  • 2010 Dame Anne McLaren DBE FRS FRCOG for the Royal Society
  • 2011 Professor Frank Kelly FRS, Master of Christ’s College Cambridge
  • 2011 Professor Andrew Carr FRCS FMedSci for the Nuffield Hospital, Oxford

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • (2010 Exhibited Portrait of Jack Straw, MP, alongside BP Portrait Award)
  • 2003-2012 Royal Society of Portrait painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2004 Singer and Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2005 Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2005 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2006, 2009 Mystery Portrait postcards, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2006 Wales Portrait Award, Bodelwyddan Castle and touring
  • 2006 Up Close and Personal, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle

AWARDS

  • 2004 Singer and Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Young Artist Award
  • 2005 Hunting Art Prize, Young Artist Runner-up
  • 2005 Royal Society of British Artists, Gordon Huson Memorial Prize
  • 2005 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, De Laszlo Silver Medal
  • 2006 Wales Portrait Award, Second Prize
  • 2007 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, HSBC Award
  • 2009 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, De Laszlo Silver Medal
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