ABOUT JOHN WONNACOTT

John Wonnacott was born in London in 1940 and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art

In 2000 he was awarded CBE.

COMMISSIONS

PRICE GUIDE

Oil
Any P.O.A.
Drawing
Any P.O.A.

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.

JOHN WONNACOTT METHOD OF WORKING

I paint full figures or groups in their own distinctive settings to which I am given regular access to work directly from life. I need as many sittings as possible and often work on a large scale. I am currently registered for VAT.

NOTABLE SITTERS

  • Rt. Hon John Major 1997
  • Admiral of the Fleet for the National Portrait Gallery
  • Lord Lomm of Greenwich 1988
  •  The Royal Family for National War Museum
  • Centenary Portrait 2000 for National Portrait Gallery
  • Sir Edwin Manton
  • Lord Palmer
  • Sir Henry Keswick

EXHIBITIONS

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

  • 1977 The Minories, Colchester
  • 1978 Rochdale Art Gallery and Tour
  • 1980 Marlborough Fine Art, London
  • 1985 Marlborough Fine Art, London
  • 1986 Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 1988 Marlborough Fine Art, London
  • 1992 Agnew’s, London
  • 1996 Agnew’s, London
  • 1998 Worley Art Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
  • 1999 Hirschl and Adler, New York
  • 2005 Agnew’s London
  • 2011 Agnew’s London

Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • 1971 Painting and Perception, The MacRoberts Arts Centre Gallery, University of Stirling
  • 1974 British Painting ’74, Hayward Gallery, London
  • 1977 British Painting
  • 1952 – 77 Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 1983 Britain Salutes New York, Marlborough Gallery, New York
  • 1984 The Hard-Won Image, Tate Gallery, London
  • 1986 – 87 Foundation Veranneman invites Marlborough, Foundation Veranneman, Kruishoutem, Belgium
  • 1989 Monet to Freud, National Art Collections Fund Loan Exhibition, Sotheby’s, London
  • 1989 Salute to Turner, National Trust Foundation for Art, Agnew’s, London
  • 1990 The Pursuit of the Real, British Figurative Painting from Sickert to Bacon, Manchester City Art Galleries, The Barbican Art Gallery, Glasgow City Art Gallery
  • 1992 The New Patrons, Twentieth Century Art from Corporate Collections, National Art Collections Fund, Christie’s, London
  • 1995 Contemporary Portraits from Suffolk to Essex, Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk
  • 1995 Contemporary British Artists Celebrate One Hundred Years of the National Trust, Christie’s, London
  • 1997 The Hon John Major: Prime Minister; Downing Street. National Portrait Gallery
  • 2000 The School of London and their Friends, The Collection of Elaine and Melvin Menains, Yale Centre for British Art, 11th October 2000 – 14th January 2001 and Newberger Museum of Art, 28th January 2001 – 22nd May 2001
  • The Royal Family, A Centenary Portrait, National Portrait Gallery, 26th October 2000 – 4th February 2001
  • 2007 Meriam’s Collection, Christie’s, London

AWARDS

  • Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture in 2005
  • Awarded CBE in 2000
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