Elected in 2024, Joshua is one of our newest members.
Born in Newcastle in 1989, Joshua first completed a Foundation in Art & Design at Edinburgh College of Art before studying Fine Art & French at the University of Aberystwyth, graduating in 2014 with a First Class Honours. Joshua also spent a year in Paris studying Art History at the Sorbonne (Paris IV).
After 10 years living and working in London, Joshua moved to Somerset in 2024 with his wife and son.
His work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions including the BP Portrait Award, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and New Light. Awards include the De Lazlo Foundation Award for excellence, the Burke’s Peerage Award and the Patron’s Choice Award from New Light.
Joshua draws much of his inspiration from artists of the Northern Renaissance while producing work with a contemporary feel. He paints with oil on wood panel in a way that is highly meticulous, producing portraits with a heightened sense of realism. Joshua tries to augment the narrative of a subject’s life through still life elements in the composition, in the manner of artists like Meredith Frampton, Holbein and others. The tradition of storytelling through still life plays an important role in his work.
Now working from his studio in Upton Noble, Joshua tries to balance his time between private commissions and independent projects.


I like to meet with my sitters on at least two occasions. I want the portrait to be as collaborative a process as possible. On the first occasion the sitter & I would discuss their ideas for the portrait; choice of clothes, location, inclusion of still life etc. I may take some photographs to help inform compositional sketches which I would later make in my studio. These sketches allow a sitter to get an idea for what they like, and act as a platform from which to finalise a composition.
On the second occasion I’d take many photographs of the sitter which I’d later use as reference material in my studio for the final painting. I may request to borrow clothing and still life objects so that I may paint them from life.
I am happy to travel to my sitter.


Oil on wood panel

Head & shoulders         approx. 60 x 40 cm         from £10,000
Half length small           approx. 70 x 50 cm         from £20,000
Half length big               approx 100 x 90cm          from £30,000
Full length                      approx 140 x 90cm          from £40,000
Head & Shoulders        approx 60 x 40cm            from £8,000

These prices are starting points, contingent on the level of detail the painting requires (inclusion of multiple still life objects and fiddly detail etc.) Naturally the more detail, the longer the portrait takes and consequently costs more.

I am not currently registered for VAT.


Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bath
Prof Sir Paul Curran, President of City University
Professor Kevin Edge, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Bath
Baroness Jenkin of Kennington
Sir Alan Duncan
His Honour Judge Head
Paul O’Brien, Chemist
David Nairn, consultant Hand and Orthopaedic Surgeon
Mark Dalrymple, Art Loss Adjuster


Royal Society of Portrait Painters
BP Portrait Award
New Light
National Open Art
FBA Futures
UA Cork Street exhibition


De Laszlo Foundation Award –  Royal Society of Portrait painters
Burke’s Peerage Award – Royal Society of Portrait painters
Patron’s Choice Award – New Light

Commission a portrait by JOSHUA WATERHOUSE RP