Sam Dalby unveiling his painting at Girton College for People's Portraits, our permanent collection

New Addition to our permanent collection

RP member Sam Dalby’s portrait of his friend, Justin Eckersley, has been donated to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’  ‘People’s Portraits’ collection at Girton College, Cambridge. The new addition was unveiled at a reception in September where Sam gave an illuminating talk about the painting.   Established in 2000, the permanent display is a…

'Wasim Sajjad' by Anthony Connolly for the Rhodes Trust, 2016

Wasim Sajjad honoured; Rhodes Trust portrait

The Rhodes Trust have commissioned a portrait through the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in order to honour Wasim Sajjad’s contribution both to The Rhodes Trust and to Pakistan. They selected the artist  Anthony Connolly RP  from among the portfolio of possible artists to create this portrait. The Rhodes Trust supports Scholars, selected from around the…

Mall Galleries, London SW1

London a world leading centre for portraiture

The UK’s special place in portraiture may date back as far as the reformation. At this time a sudden decline in commissioned religious art, due to the newly austere interiors of religious buildings, meant that artists had to diversify into different genres.  This coincided with a new aspirant middle class, created by the redistribution of…

Jason Walker 'Rowlands'

Jason Walker, Prince, print & pool

The Jubilee Pool in Penzance Cornwall was officially reopened by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, 81 years after its completion in 1935 to mark King George V’s Silver Jubilee. Jason Walker is a trustee for the pool was introduce to the Prince as part of the official visit. Jason has painted the pool many times and has produced limited…

Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016 at Mall Galleries

Top portrait painters 2016

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters is one of the largest and most prestigious organisations servicing  clients for commissioned portraiture in the UK. 230 of the best recent portraits were exhibited at the 2016 annual exhibition where the top portrait painters were:- (by popularity in alphabetical order) Paul Brason ‘Born in 1952, I spent most…