ABOUT JEFF

I studied painting and sculpture at Kingston and Camberwell Schools of Art in the sixties, under various tutors including Alfred Heyworth, Robert Medley and R B Kitaj. Since then, I have absorbed many artistic and cultural influences, both traditional and innovative, which affect my work and thinking. I like to maintain an independent stance in terms of ideas and a non-formulaic approach to commissions in particular.

I taught painting and drawing in schools of art for twenty years as a full-time lecturer while pursuing my own development as an artist. I have works in many public and private collections, including the National Portrait Gallery.

I won First Prize in the John Player Portrait Award (now BP Award) at the National Portrait Gallery in 1985 and was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1991, serving as Hon. Secretary for three years.

My principal artistic interest is the human form, both in terms of portraits and in painting generally. There are many recurring themes and much symbolism in my work. The full length figure in an interior space, for example, remains a constant preoccupation. I am interested as much in the visual and formal language of painting as in the status of the sitter and I work from people in all areas and strata of society. Beyond portraiture per se, I am involved in several long term projects – The Royal Navy in the 21st Century (while there still is a navy) and Étretat revisited. Both of these involve figures in relation to urban, structural and natural environments.

COMMISSIONS

JEFF STULTIENS PRICE GUIDE

Oil
TBC

Drawing
TBC

Pastel
From £3,000

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.

JEFF STULTIENS METHOD OF WORKING

I need four to six sittings from life and am happy to travel to my sitter It is very important for me to be able to reflect and respond to the sitter’s environment. I can use photographs if there are time restraints but they are not a substitute for direct interaction with the sitter. Although I am continually working on projects involving my own models and situations which provide the stimulus of travel and fresh encounter, I try to bring some of this experience to bear when working on each particular portrait commission. Work is subsequently resolved in my own studio. I am not currently registered for VAT.

NOTABLE SITTERS

  • Her Majesty the Queen
  • Cardinal Basil Hume OM OSB
  • Joan Bartlett DSG OBE
  • Sir Aaron Klug OM
  • Professor Charles Weissmann
  • Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick DBE
  • Coxswain Richard Evans BEM
  • Professor Sir Peter Lachmann
  • Lady Sitwell
  • Sir David Lumsden
  • John MacLeod of MacLeod
  • Professor Sir Dillwyn Williams
  • David Beattie CMG
  • Professor Dame Carol Black DBE
  • The Hon. Mark Laing
  • Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent

EXHIBITIONS

Exhibitions:

  • John Player Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery 1984 & 1985
  • British Portraiture 1980-85, Fermoy Centre 1985-86
  • Portraits for the 80s, Quay Arts Centre 1986
  • National Portrait Gallery 1987
  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters (thereafter annually) 1990
  • Women on Canvas 1991
  • Hunting/Observer Art Prizes 1992
  • The Portrait Award 1980-89, National Portrait Gallery 1992
  • Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey 1992
  • Nikkei Exhibition, Tokyo 1993
  • Royal College of Pathologists 1995-6
  • About Face, Arts Club 1995
  • Heatherley 150th Anniversary Exhibition 1996
  • The Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the NPG 1999
  • People’s Portraits 2000-1
  • Di Passagio, Venice 2005
  • Bulldog Self Portrait Show 2007
  • 400 Women 2010

Collections:

  • National Portrait Gallery,
  • Oriel College ,Oxford,
  • Girton College, Cambridge,
  • Royal College of Pathologists,
  • Merton College, Oxford,
  • The Royal Collection, Windsor,
  • National Heart & Lung Institute,
  • Royal Holloway College,
  • The Royal Society,
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution,
  • Academy of Medical Sciences,
  • Royal Medical Foundation,
  • Clan MacLeod, Dunvegan,
  • Royal College of Physicians,
  • Royal Academy of Music,
  • HMS Ark Royal

AWARDS

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  • Commendation – Drawings for All, Gainsborough’s House Society 1984
  • First Prize – John Player Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery 1985
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