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,…

Self portrait by artist Jason Sullivan

The late Jason Sullivan

We were deeply saddened to learn that RP member Jason Sullivan died unexpectedly on August 25th, 2018, at Southampton General Hospital, aged 60. Jason started his Foundation Art studies at Grimsby College of Technology in 1974, and graduated from his Fine Art degree at Sheffield Polytechnic in 1979. In 1991 Jason won second prize in…

Self Portrait by Michael Noakes

The Late Michael Noakes

Michael Noakes . 1933- 30 May 2018 Guardian Obituary  Times Obituary Telegraph Obituary   and something from our records… Merlin Stewart  recording an interview with Michael Noakes in 2014   Noakes watched as aides whisked away the President’s glass of cola each time a stranger entered, in case it might be mistaken for whiskey.  Such…

Miriam Escofet 'An Angel at my Table' BP Portrait_Award

Winner!

Associates of the RP have numbered among the winners of the BP Portrait Award on many occasions, including last year’s winner Benjamin Sullivan RP NEAC, the 2010 winner Daphne Todd OBE PPRP NEAC, and the 1996 winner James Hague RP. This year, we are delighted to announce that the overall winner of the BP Portrait…

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Private View 2018 where our new members were announced

Three New Member Artists announced

Each year, after the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters winds to a close, the Members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters gather together to review the portfolios of exhibitors who have applied successfully to become Candidates  in a bid to take the next step and to become a full member…

Miriam Escofet 'An Angel at my Table'

Two exhibitors on BP Portrait Award shortlist

Two of the four artists shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Award have also selected for our Annual Portrait Exhibition at Mall Galleries in May: Congratulations to Miriam Escofet and Ania Hobson, see a short Interview with Ania Hobson. Members, including  Antony Williams and Neale Worley will also be exhibiting.     Image: Miriam Escofet ‘An Angel at my Table’ …

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…