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. His outstanding traditional skills are used here to capture not only the people and their relationships but also their environment and activities. Something which will become more and more interesting as a historical record, in time.
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Mark Roscoe was close on his heels exhibiting three portrait commissions for institutions, two of them are informal renditions: Dame Elish is depicted sitting on a window seat holding her Emma Bridgewater mug, and professor Gull leans back in his chair relaxed with an incipient smile wearing a suit but no tie. Professor Galloway, by contrast, is portrayed more formally with his gown, chain of office and leaning forwards to communicate with the viewer from his presidential chair.
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Evgeny Grouzdev was really outstanding among the exhibitors for his two charming portraits of brothers. There seems to be a bit of a family portrait theme. These are in fact two out of a set of three portraits. Having met the boys at the exhibition the paintings capture not only a great likeness but also their relationship, the responsible older brother and cheeky younger brother. It was a pity that the necessities of curation meant that the third brother was not with them on the wall.
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Phoebe Dickinson’s portrait of Rose at Houghton was picked up by The Times as soon as the show opened. This work also won the Burkes Peerage Foundation Award for the best Classically-inspired portrait in the show. Phoebe has exhibited with us three times now and came highly recommended for the De Laszlo Foundation Award.
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