ABOUT MIRIAM

Miriam Escofet was born in Barcelona in 1967 and moved to the UK in 1979. The daughter of artists, she grew up surrounded by the rich visual lexicon of art. She graduated in 3D Design from Brighton School of Art in 1991. The making process was her first love and is still at the core of her art practice. She started painting soon after graduating and has been a practicing artist ever since, exhibiting widely in London and Europe.

Portraiture is a relatively recent theme in her work and she brings to it ideas and skills she has developed over the years in her paintings. She paints mainly in oils, her technique is extremely detailed, applying many layers and glazes to achieve a sense of space and mood. As well as her many solo exhibitions her work has been selected several times for the BP Portrait Award exhibition and for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition.

“I have explored many ideas and subject matter in my work, but the unifying passion in all my paintings is exploring and describing a sense of space, volume, atmosphere and detail, arriving at a kind of hyper real expression of the subject matter. These same pictorial concerns govern when I am engaged in a portrait, of course the likeness and character of the sitter must come first, but I am as interested in the spatial and psychological depth in the work, as well as an aesthetically successful composition.”

COMMISSIONS

PRICE GUIDE

Oil
20 x 16 inches £10,000
24 x 20 inches £12,000
30 x 25 inches £14,000
36 x 28 inches £18,000
40 x 30 inches £22,000

Pastel
20 x 16 inches £4,000
30 x 25 inches £6,500
36 x 28 inches £7,500
40 x 30 inches £8,500
60 x 40 inches

Drawing
20 x 16 inches £2,500
24 x 20 inches £3,000
30 x 25 inches £3,500

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 can work from sittings or from photographs, ideally a combination of both.

I relish working from sittings, though for practical reasons I work mainly from photographs as the level of detail and technique I use means I spend months on every canvas, so it would be unrealistic to expect that time commitment from the sitter.

I have arrived at portraiture after many years of painting varied subject matter; working from still-life, from photographs and from imagination. I aim for spatial and psychological depth in my portraits, as well as an aesthetically successful composition.

The first step in a portrait commission is a good discussion with the sitter or client to establish any preferences or ideas they may have. I am happy for people to input their compositional ideas and equally happy for them to leave that entirely to me.

I will then spend at least half a day with the sitter taking many photographs and drawing references. I like doing this in the sitter’s home as it offers a further insight into their character and allows for the inclusion of personal objects in the composition. From this initial material I will work out a composition for the portrait and prepare a drawing for the client’s approval.Once the composition is agreed I paint the portrait in my studio. I might need to come back to the sitter for further photographic references (although this is seldom the case) or for actual sittings if they have the time to commit to them.

It takes a few months to complete a painting.With drawings and mixed media pieces the process is less time consuming and it is more realistic to work from sittings. Although I always take photographic references as they allow me to explore compositional ideas and detail in a way that can not be achieved during a sitting.

I am not currently registered for VAT.

EXHIBITIONS

Solo:

  • 2013/14 Miriam Escofet & Jose Escofet, John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh
  • 2010/11 Jose Escofet & Miriam Escofet, Forte dei Marmi, Italy
  • 2009 Albemarle Gallery, London
  • 2007 Galerie Michelle Boulet, Paris.
  • 2005 Galerie Michelle Boulet, Paris
  • 2001 Albemarle Gallery, London
  • 1998 Albemarle Gallery, London
  • 1997 Rafael Valls Gallery, London
  • 1996 Christopher Wood Gallery, Mallett of Bond Street, London
  • 1994 Exhibition of ceramics at Pulbrook & Gould, London

Group:

  • 2016Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, Mall galleries, London
  • 2015Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, Mall galleries, London
  • 2014 Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, Mall galleries, London
  • 2013 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 2013 Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, Mall galleries, London
  • 2012 BP Portrait Award exhibition 2012 at The National Portrait Gallery
  • 2012 Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, Mall galleries, London
  • 2010 BP Portrait Award exhibition 2010 at The National Portrait Gallery
  • 2009 BP Portrait Award exhibition 2009 at The National Portrait Gallery
  • 2007 BP Portrait Award exhibition 2007 at The National Portrait Gallery
  • 2006 10th Anniversary Show, Albemarle Gallery, London
  • 2006 Vent Des Arts (du Reve au Fantastique) Sanary-Sur-Mer, France
  • 2005 ‘Maitres Conteporaines de l’Imaginaire’ , Galerie Michelle Boulet, Paris.
  • 2000 ‘Millenium Exhibition’ at the Albemarle Gallery, London
  • 1999 ‘du Reel a l’Imaginaire’, Galerie Michelle Boulet, Paris.
  • 1999 ‘Annual Still – Life and Trompe l’Oeil Show’, Albemarle Gallery, London
  • 1996 trompe l’oeil paintings, Rafael Valls Gallery, London
  • 1994 Saanen Gallery, Gstaad, Switzerland
  • 1990 Mallett of Bond Street, London

AWARDS

2015 – The Burke’s Peerage Foundation Prize, Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

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