Royal Society of Portrait Painters
4 to 19 May Mall Galleries, London SW1
This prestigious Portrait Exhibition shows over 200 paintings and drawings by over 100 artists. It celebrates the diversity of this fascinating genre. It also shows the popularity of commissioning painted portraits by institutions and individuals.
This year portraits of a large number of well-known figures are hung in the exhibition. These include the politicians; Baroness Jowell and Ed Balls, the broadcaster Lord Bragg and the authors Dame Margaret Drabble and Michael Bond.
The prima ballerina Leanne Benjamin joins the actress Julie Walters, the comedian Jo Brand, the designer Wayne Hemingway and the former Provost of Eton Sir Eric Anderson in being captured on canvas.
Prizes awarded by the Society are The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture and a one off non-members prize, thanks to a gift by The Patron’s Fund. Further prizes awarded are The Prince of Wales’s Award for Portrait Drawing, Burke’s Peerage Foundation Award for Classically Inspired Portraiture, The de Laszlo Foundation Award, The Changing Faces Prize, The Smallwood Prize for contextual portraiture and The Contemporary Arts Trust Award.
Since 1891 the Society has been devoted exclusively to the art and development of portrait painting. The selection of work on display is by artists from all stages in their careers, both from its eminent members and from emerging artists drawn from the open section, make it the perfect destination for those wishing to commission a portrait. Portraiture is a fascinating barometer of current trends and holds a mirror up to nature in reflecting life in contemporary Britain.
from 10am to 5pm and is open until 7pm on Tuesdays 9th and 16th May.
Entry £4. Concessions £2.50.
Portrait Painting demonstrations will take place in the gallery 11am to 4pm
4 May Sam Dalby
9 May Simon Davis
13 May David Newens
24 May Sam Dalby
Commissions Consultants in the gallery throughout