Sir Tom Courteney with Isobel Peachey at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' Private View. Photo-Hannah Burton

Famous faces

The Annual Portrait Exhibition at Mall Galleries in May includes many quality portraits, some of which will depict faces you might recognise, including HM The Queen, Dame Judi Dench, Michael Eavis (founder of Glastonbury Festival), Sir Alan Parker (director of famous films Evita and Bugsy Malone among others), as well as Raymond Briggs (author and…

portrait prize winner Bernadett Timko, Lucas etching

Pre-selection results

This year 2,142 portrait works were entered online in the first stage of the judging process for the Open Call of our Annual Exhibition. Excitingly, submission numbers are up 9% on previous years!  For the second and final stage of the submissions process, the physical portraits are brought to London to be seen by the…

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…

Anthony Morris, Drinks with Joyce and Jim Stedman

New Portrait Award –

The RP Award: The Royal Society of Portrait Painters is delighted to announce a new £2,000 prize for portraiture, The RP Award. All works shown in the Annual Exhibition will be eligible. The award will be made to the artist whose work best represents the year’s chosen theme – which for the inaugural year, 2018, is ‘Friends’.…

Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2018 Call for Entries

2018 Call for Entries closing noon 19th January

WIN £20,000 in Prizes and awards including our new RP Award EXHIBIT with our Central London exhibition at the prestigious  Mall Galleries SW1 BE SEEN The exhibition is put online so  work can be seen all over the world RECEIVE COMMISSIONS – (not obligatory) Exhibiting artists are invited to display additional material Commissions Consultant service run throughout the…

Emma Hopkins RP

ABOUT EMMA Born in Brighton in 1989, Emma completed a degree at University of the Arts London, where she was trained in the special art of Prosthetics for Performance. It was this that instilled an obsession with the human form and anatomy, one which coupled with her passion for the traditional techniques of portrait painting,…

Paul Brason, Arthur and Lottie a portrait of two children

Top portrait painters 2017

We logged the number of enquiries that each artist got during our 2017 exhibtion. These are the artists that were most enquired after. Our commissions consultants were present in the gallery and many of the artists received enquiries about portrait commissions.   Over 200 portraits were displayed by nearly 150 different artists each of whom had…

Jason Sullivan, Professor Judith Pallot for Christ Church College Oxford first female portrait to hang in the College Hall

First female portrait

Jason Sullivan’s portrait of Professor Judith Pallot is the first portrait of a female fellow to hang in the Great Hall of Christ Church College, Oxford. It will hang alongside portraits of Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, John Locke and William Gladstone. The portrait is currently hanging in Christ Church’s Picture Gallery but will be moved…