Free Portraits for NHS Heros

An interview with the artist, Tom Croft The crossover of portraiture and the NHS has offered a moment of light within this difficult year, and this is largely down to Tom Croft, a portrait painter from Oxfordshire, who exhibited in this year’s annual exhibition.   Croft pioneered the Portraits for NHS Heroes initiative whereby he…

Benjamin Hope Elected to Membership

Benjamin Hope was elected to membership at the 2021 Annual General Meeting. He is one of only two new members of the Society this year. Artists’ work is assessed over a long period by the whole membership of the Society as part of the process of becoming a member of the Royal Society of Portrait…

Self portrait by Kathryn Kynoch exhibited Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2021

Kathryn Kynoch elected to Membership

Kathryn Kynoch was elected to membership at the 2021 Annual General Meeting. She is one of only two new members elected to the Society this year. To become a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters an artist’s work is assessed over a long period by the whole membership of the Society. This year…

Dab Hands at the RP

In almost every portrait at this year’s annual exhibition there was a pair of interesting hands. Manicured, rugged, wizened or spritely, hands often reveal a lot about their owner. Whilst focusing in on hands is not a particularly new practice for art enthusiasts, it’s always worth revisiting this topic and analysing all that hands have…

It’s All in the Details

The notion of portraiture traditionally makes us think of solemn faces, straightened posture and a severe sense of formality, but such a notion is bound to short change us of the boundless possibilities that portraiture offers. Whilst a person may lay centre to the painting, it is rare for them to be uninterrupted. What is…

Painting During a Pandemic

Painting and drawing became a therapeutic way to distract us from the unprecedented role that Covid-19 assumed in our lives. However, whilst picking up a paintbrush for the first time may seem like a newfound hobby for some, it is a grueling, albeit rewarding means of income for others.    So what happened when lockdown…