Richard Foster 'The Inglis Family'

Top Portrait Painters 2019

We used our  Portrait Commissions Service to identify the most sought-after artists. Four Artists stood out in 2019; Two Member artists and two exhibiting artists top the most sought-after portrait artists during our Annual Exhibition. Richard Foster came out top among the Members. He exhibited four portrait commissions, two of which were family group portraits. …

Portrait of 'Sir Brian Leveson' by Mark Roscoe commissioned by Liverpool John Moores University

Sir Brian Leveson’s portrait

 Mark  Roscoe, who was commissioned to paint this portrait, considered adding a liver bird to the bookshelves but felt that making a mythical bird look real might not have worked. Instead, the liver bird appears on the robes Sir Brian wears where it is holding liver seaweed.  A liver bird is a mythical creature and…

Emma Hopkins – wins BP Young Artist Award

Self-taught, her training was in prosthetics, and initially discouraged from becoming an artist, Emma Hopkins wins another accolade. Last night at the National Portrait Gallery,  Emma Hopkins won the £9,000 Young Artist Award for ‘Sophie and Carla’, a portrait that depicts the photographer Sophie Mayanne and her pet dog. The judges liked the way negative…

New Member Tim Benson

We are delighted to announce Tim Benson as the newest member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters! Benson has been exhibiting with the RP for over ten years and is a wonderful addition to the society. Apart from a commitment to the art of portraiture itself, Benson is committed to building awareness through painting,…

Sophie and Carla by Emma Hopkins -detail. Shortlisted for BP Portrait Award

BP Portrait Award Shortlist

Three out of four in the 2019 BP Portrait Award shortlist!   Emma Hopkins is a Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Hopkins wants to understand as much as she can about what it means to be human. She explains “We are not just the clothed person we present to the world. We…

Benjamin Sullivan RP NEAC 'H M The Queen'

Ben Sullivan Portrait of The Queen unveiled

This commission for Benjamin Sullivan celebrates the RAF Club’s 100th Anniversary.  He has been working on it since February 2018. The portrait includes a number of personal links between Benjamin and this commission. If you look in the background you will see a Spitfire – ‘S’ for ‘Strike’ – from 253 Squadron from which the artist’s grandfather,…