CRITICAL WRITING PRIZE 2024

Image: Valeriy Gridnev, ‘Child’   OUR CRITICAL WRITING PRIZE 2024 IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!   HOW TO APPLY   “The RP is portrait painting central & it seemed really obvious to engage with people who are interested in and might like to write about portrait painting. We’re trying to encourage those with ideas and…

De László | ENGELSBERG IDEAS

Image: De László, ‘Arthur Balfour’ Credit: The Print Collector / Alamy Stock Photo   De László’s portraits of society still matter The Hungarian-born Jewish painter Philip de László was fêted by pre-war social elites, but his flourishing career foundered upon an enduring antisemitism.   Full article on Engelsberg Ideas website On 8 March 2024, a…

Sara Edison, ‘The Boys’, August 2022.

AWARD WINNER | Heatherley School of Fine Art 

Mr Heatherleys prize Congratulations to Sara Edison who has won this year’s Mr Heatherly Composition Prize! The annual award was initiated by former Principal of Heatherleys, John Walton RP, for the best three-figure portrait painting. The award is now sponsored by The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The competition is based upon the Slade composition…

Winner of the 2022 De Laszlo Award

PRIZE – WINNERS 2022

Stories behind the Prize Winning Paintings of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2022 We hope you enjoy reading about the artists’ inspirations and experiences behind their prize winning paintings and are able to enrich your knowledge about their creative processes. The exhibition is on until Saturday 14th May, we hope you are…

Winner of the 2020 Small Portrait Prize

Small Portraits at the RP

This year the Royal Society of Portrait Painters awarded a new prize for the best small portrait. This prize attracted a cohort of diverse and intriguing submissions as well as an increased amount of attention from our visitors. Not only did they pause to spend time with this collection of small portraits, but they also…

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. …

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…