Commissioning a painted portrait from photographs

Portraits created using the artist’s own photography Portrait painters who use photography fall into two distinct groups: artists who have the ability to create a painted portrait when sittings can’t be arranged (see below), and artists whose creative process involves both photographic studies and sittings. For many artists, photography has become part of their practice.…

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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’.…

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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…

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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…

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Why America comes to the UK for its portraits

As a charity dedicated to portraiture, we embrace the trend in international patronage and provide a portrait consultancy service to make the commissioning process easy and enjoyable. When it come to getting the best in portraiture, distance is no longer a barrier and the low pound is positively enticing. Many of the portraits commissioned from around the…

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Our New President Richard Foster

Richard Foster is elected to the post of President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters “It is a real privilege to stand in the footsteps of great portrait painters such as Sir William Open, Augustus John and John Ward,” believes Richard. “As President, I will strive to ensure that we encourage and attract truly…

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