Martin Yeoman Studied at the Royal Academy Schools  and has worked unfashionably and exclusively from life since he was 20, in both drawing, painting, pastel and sculpture.  Born in Surrey in 1953 – He left school at 16 and found work as an artist in the advertising department of a well-known department store in London. In 1973 he left work to travel to India and Pakistan, selling portrait drawings he made on the streets of Lahore in order to survive. When he returned to England in 1974, Yeoman sort advice from the Royal Academy Schools and showed a portfolio of his Indian drawings to the Keeper Peter Greenham, who later invited him to be a guest student. In 1975 he began a three-year course which was extended to four and left the schools In 1979.

During this time the connoisseur and art historian, Sir Brinsley Ford discovered Yeoman’s work and started to form a collection of his drawings. At the end of his four years at the RA Schools, he was awarded the Richard Ford Travelling Scholarship to Spain followed by becoming a Greenshield Scholar during which time he painted the portrait of his father that was entered and hung in the 1981 BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

In 1983 Yeoman became associated with The National Trust through Christopher Wall, who gave Yeoman the opportunity to paint both Basildon Park and Ashdown House. Numerous commissions followed from the National Trust’s Foundation for Art. A large retrospective of Yeoman’s paintings, drawings, etchings and sculpture was organised by Trust and exhibited at Mompesson House, Salisbury in 1994.

Sir Brinsley Ford introduced Yeoman to HRH The Prince of Wales in early 1986. The Prince made his first purchase of one of Yeoman’s works, an oil of St Davids Catherderal bought as a gift for the President of Japan. He was invited to join The Prince and Princess of Wales on the Royal Yacht Britannia on their tour of the Gulf States, as the artist in attendance, making him the first young ‘Tour Artist’ to teach the Prince drawing and painting. Yeoman subsequently accompanied the Prince of Wales on further official Royal Tours to Hong Kong in 1989, followed by India and Nepal in 1992.

In 1988 he was commissioned to draw Sir Alan Hodgkin, the Cambridge Physiologist for The Order of Merit series in The Royal Collection. In 1992 Yeoman was commissioned by the Royal Household to draw the Queen’s grandchildren as a present to Her Majesty to mark the forty year anniversary of her reign. The drawings were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in 1993 and are now in the Royal Collection, Windsor. In 1994 he was commissioned to paint Sir James Whyte Black’s portrait, the Nobel prize-winning scientist for the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection. 

In 2002, he won the highly prestigious Royal Society of Portrait Painters Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture and its Gold Medal. That same year he had a solo show ‘Hindustan to Malabar’  at Offer Waterman & Co, read the catalogue forward by HRH Prince of Wales and Tim Mackintosh-Smith.




1976 –   Silver Medal for Drawing, Royal Academy Schools
1978 – David Murray Landscape Scholarship
1979 – Richard Ford Scholarship
1980 –   Elizabeth Greenshield Scholarship
1996 –   Menena Joy Schwabe Prize
1998 –    The Philip Solomon Drawing Prize
2002 –    The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture
2004 –    The Bill Turner Prize for Drawing
2016 –    The Doreen McIntosh Prize
​2016 –    The Woodhay Picture Gallery Prize for Drawing


2015/16 – New English Art Club Open Exhibition

2015 – Last of the Tide, Queen’s Galley

1996-2004/2009 – Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, Mall Galleries

1976/77/79-90/92/92/93/93/04/05/06 – RA Summer Exhibition

2005 – No Photography Allowed, Petley Fine Art, London

2004 – India, Indar Pasricha Fine Arts, London 

2004 – Oil Paintings Pastels Drawings, Petley Fine Art

2002 – Hindustan to Malabar, Offer Waterman and Co, London 

2000 – Paintings in the Holy Land, Alan Kluckow Fine Art Publications

1998 –  

I. – Princes as Patrons, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

II. – Travels with the Prince, Hampton Court Palace

1997 -Yeoman’s Yemen: The British Council Exhibition – The National Art Centre in Sana’a, Yemen.

1994 – Selected Works, National Trust’s Foundation for Art, Mompesson House, Salisbury

1993 – The Queen’s Grandchildren, The National Portrait Gallery

1987 – Two Tours of the Middle East, Agnews, London

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HM The Queen
HRH The Prince of Wales
HRH The Princess Royal
The British Museum

The British Council
The National Trust
National Portrait Gallery

The Royal Collection

Barings Bank

Grimsby School of Art

J O Hambro

Diocese of Birmingham

Merton College, Oxford

Ruth Borchard Collection

Pembroke College, Cambridge

Hoare’s Bank

St Lawrence College


The Royal Society of Portrait Painters

New English Art Club

Society of Portrait Sculptors




Any P.O.A.

Any P.O.A.

Any P.O.A.

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


I always work from life and need about ten sittings for a painting but fewer for a drawing. I prefer to work in my studio but am also happy to travel to my sitters. I am not Registered for VAT.