10am to 5pm

Open until 7pm on Tuesday 15 and 22 May

10 May 2018 to 25 May 2018
Main Gallery, North Galleries and Threadneedle Space

Admission £4, £3 concessions, 50% off with National Art Pass, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries and under 18s

Celebrating the very best in contemporary portraiture nationally and internationally. Unlike other portrait exhibitions, it is rigorously selected by professional portrait painters who themselves have been elected by their peers to the Society. You’ll see portraiture in all its guises; from its most public manifestation to its most intimate – all of it distinguished by excellence. It’s where serious portrait painters want to exhibit.

There will be demonstrations by member artists during the exhibition.

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Selected Works


Animator Nick Park and the Dinosaur Gallery

Carl Randall
Oil, 47 x 30, NFS

Author/Illustrator Raymond Briggs and Ashen Grove

Carl Randall
Oil, 47 x 29 cm, NFS
Burke-John-Pen Vogler

The Yellow Wedding Dress

John Burke
Oil, 66 x 35, NFS

Dr Sarah Furness, High Sheriff of Rutland 2016 - 2017

Alastair Adams PPRP
Oil, 94 x 77 cm, NFS

Dennis Thompson (Whiplash)

Richard Allen
Oil, 44 x 35 cm, £3,000


Jennifer Anderson
Oil, 66 x 130 cm, SOLD


Jeremy Andrews
Pencil, 46 x 36 cm, £1,035

Study of Alexandra

Mary Jane Ansell
Oil, 18 x 14 cm, NFS

Jill Bays

Caroline Bays PS
Oil, 93 x 71 cm, NFS

Self Portrait with Beret

Caroline Bays PS
Oil, 58 x 42 cm, £1,800


Frances Bell
Oil, 96 x 112 cm, £11,000

Rob Watching Rugby

Frances Bell
Oil, 46 x 52 cm, NFS


Frances Bell
Oil, 49 x 49 cm, £5,000

Hugh Wearing a Scarf

Tim Benson PROI
Oil, 35 x 24 cm, NFS

Portrait of a Man

Tim Benson PROI
Oil, 50 x 40 cm, £2,750

Selfie with Hands

Tim Benson PROI
Oil, 73 x 63 cm, £6,500


James Bland NEAC
Oil, 35 x 28 cm, £600

Self Portrait with Brushes

Alice Boggis-Rolfe
Oil, 40 x 35 cm, SOLD

The "Gentle Men" Series: Jim Frame

Jason Bowyer PS PPNEAC RP
Ink & pastel, 61 x 56 cm, POA

The "Gentle Men" Series: Paul Oppie

Jason Bowyer PS PPNEAC RP
Charcoal, 92 x 66 cm, POA

The "Gentle Men" Series: Tom Mitchell

Jason Bowyer PS PPNEAC RP
Charcoal, 51 x 53 cm, POA

Eric P Widing

Paul Brason RP
Pencil, 40 x 30 cm, NFS

Paul Killik and Alfie

Paul Brason RP
Oil, 91 x 71 cm, NFS

Related events

Sam Dalby RP Brother in Nature
10 May 2018
Sam Dalby RP will be giving a portrait demonstration in the gallery
Anastasia Pollard Manko
11 May 2018
Anastasia Pollard RP will be giving a portrait demonstration in the gallery
Andrew James Luyiso
16 May 2018
Andrew James RP will be giving a Portrait Demonstration in the gallery.
Anastasia Pollard Barry (detail)
17 May 2018
Watch three painters, Sam Dalby, Andrew James, and Anastasia Pollard paint the same model at the same time
Smon Davis RP, Girl from Tate (detail)
23 May 2018
Simon Davis RP will be giving a Portrait Demonstration in the gallery