David Caldwell was born in Helensburgh in the West of Scotland in 1977. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art (1994-98) and the Royal Drawing School (2003-05). He has won several awards and residencies for painting including the prestigious Bulldog Bursary from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Founder’s Purchase Prize at the ING Discerning Eye (adjudged by the late Brian Sewell). He recently displayed 77 small portraits at the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery.

In recent years David has been short-listed for several major awards including the Seven Investments Management ‘Conversations’ Prize , the Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Prize, the Threadneedle Figurative Art Prize, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Award, the W. Gordon Smith Award and the Smallwood Architects Prize.



20×16” £3,000

24×20″ £3,500
30×25” £4,000
36×28” £5,000

40×30″ £6,000
50×40” £7,000
60×40” £10,000

20×16” £1,500
24×20” £1,800
30×25” £2,000
40×30” £2,500

This is a rough fee-guide for a single portrait. Frame, travel, and accommodation expenses are not included. For groups and non-standard sizes please ask for a quote.  I am not currently registered for VAT


I prefer working oil on canvas from life.
The time required from the sitter depends on the size of the portrait. For example head and shoulders 40x30cm would require two 3hr sittings, head down to hands 75x50cm = 3-4 3hr sittings, full figure 120x75cm = 4-6 3hr sittings. Charcoal drawing head and shoulders = one 3-4hr sitting, (all approx.)


  • Sir Stephen Hillier KCB OBE DFC ADC
  • Lord Irvine Laidlaw
  • Justin Currie (singer/musician)
  • John Amabile (interior designer)
  • Katie Kissoon (singer)


The John Cunningham Award (Royal Glasgow Institute), 1999

The Ruth Davidson Memorial Award, 2002

The Bulldog Bursary (Royal Society of Portrait Painters), 2009

The Founder’s Purchase Prize (ING Discerning Eye), 2010

The Regional Prize (ING Discerning Eye), 2014

The Wright Prize (ING Discerning Eye), 2018

The Smallwood Architects Prize (Royal Society of Portrait Painters), 2019

Commission a portrait by David Caldwell RP