10am to 5pm

5 May 2016 to 20 May 2016
Main Gallery, North Galleries, The Threadneedle Space

Admission £3, £2.50 concessions (50% off to National Art Pass holders. Free to Friends of Mall Galleries and under 18s)

Catalogue £5

This high profile showcase featuring over 200 of the most outstanding and innovative portraits by artists working in Great Britain and around the world today, includes new work by member artists, as well as paintings selected from open submission.

The exhibition presents subjects ranging from informal sketches of friends and family to large-scale commissions and well-known faces.

The winners of a number of portrait prizes will also be on show, including the prestigious £10,000 Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture for the most distinguished portrait in the exhibition, the £3,000 de Laszlo Foundation Award for an artist 35 and under and The Prince of Wales's Award for Portrait Drawing, worth £2,000.


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Exhibiting artists

A R Allen
Benjamin Andreas
Aldo Balding
Liz Balkwill
Jack Banister
Geoffrey Beasley
Angela Bell
Sarah Bell
Tim Benson
Simone Bingemer
Fakhri Bismanto Bohang
The Late William Bowyer RA Hon. RP Hon. NEAC RWS (1927 - 2015)
Martin Brooks
Vincent Brown
John Burke
Henry Byrne
Coyan Cardenas
Sopio Chkhikvadze
Sarah Cosby
Belinda Crozier
Merrie Curtiss-Fuller
Lantian D.
Helen Davison
Andrew Dixon
David Eyres
Lucas Garcia
Angela Gordon-Webb
Henrietta Graham
Lucas Garcia
Angela Gordon-Webb
Henrietta Graham
Carl Grauer
Lyn Gray
Paul Harber
Victor Harris
Tom Harrison
Julia Hawkins
Neil Helyard
Richard James
Hero Johnson
Katie Jones
Stephanie Kullberg
Kathryn Kynoch
Jason Line
David Maiden
Kate Marsden
Francis Martin
Ekaterina Matsievskaya
Ewan McClure
Kenny McKendry
Jan Mikulka
Julian Mitchell
Sarah Jane Moon
Keith Morton
Robin L Muller
Hannah Murray
Ruth Murray
Liam O'Connor
Emma Pathare
Sergei Pavlenko
Isobel Peachey
Helen Perkins
Robin Perko
Allan Ramsay
Matt Alexander Ray
Alex Rooney
Tim Rose
Charlie Schaffer
Barbara Seale
Caroline Seilern-Aspang
Michael Travis Seymour
Lee Simmonds
Victoria Smith
Jonathan Sundaram
Chinghuang Tai
Michael Taylor
David Thomas
Radoslav Topalov
Alex Tzarvaras
John Gregor Walker
Simon Watkins
Isabella Watling
Colin Watson
Flora Watson
Marika Wenman
Graeme Wilcox
Paula Wilson
Anna Wimbledon
Rodger Worth
Paul Wuensche
Michael Zavialov

Selected Works

Click on an image to enquire about purchasing a work from this exhibition



Isabella Watling
Oil, 60 x 50 cm, £4,000
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Evening, Karima and Maryam

Colin Watson
Oil, 61 x 46 cm, £4,000
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Morning, Karima and Maryam

Colin Watson
Pencil, 74 x 57 cm, £1,500
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The Farmer

Colin Watson
Oil, 77 x 77 cm, £6,000


Flora Watson
Oil, 40 x 40 cm, £2,400
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Agony and Ecstasy: Smoking Series

Marika Wenman
Oil, 21 x 73 cm, £1,750
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In Surgery: Portrait of Professor Andrew Carr

Emma Wesley RP
Acrylic, 131 x 162 cm, NFS
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In the Changing Room at Lord's: Portrait of Andrew Strauss

Emma Wesley RP
Acrylic, 94 x 66 cm, NFS
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In the Changing Room at Lord's: Portrait of Claire Taylor

Emma Wesley RP
Acrylic, 94 x 66 cm, NFS
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RF Head Study 2

Graeme Wilcox
Charcoal, 105 x 95 cm, SOLD
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Portrait of Richard Morgan

Antony Williams NEAC PS RP
Egg tempera, 56 x 49 cm, NFS
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The Frame Maker

Antony Williams NEAC PS RP
Egg tempera, 46 x 53 cm, NFS
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Self Portrait with my Five Year Old Self

Paula Wilson
Oil, 44 x 28 cm, NFS
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Watching Brothers

Anna Wimbledon
Oil, 73 x 103 cm, NFS
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Early Afternoon Feed

John Wonnacott CBE Hon. RP
Oil, 155 x 125 cm, NFS
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Early Evening Feed

John Wonnacott CBE Hon. RP
Oil on Board, 155 x 125 cm, NFS
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Early Morning Feed

John Wonnacott CBE Hon. RP
Oil on Board, 155 x 125 cm, NFS
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The Green Turban (Study of JD)

Rodger Worth
Acrylic, 40 x 40 cm, NFS
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Anna, Profile

Robbie Wraith RP
Oil, 30 x 40 cm, POA


Robbie Wraith RP
Charcoal, 74 x 61 cm, POA


Paul Wuensche
Oil, 60 x 50 cm, £2,500


Michael Zavialov
Oil, 56 x 59 cm, NFS

Related events

Special event
6 May 2016
Andrew James, member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, will be holding a question and answer session quickly followed by a book signing of his recent book, Painting Self-Portraits.
8 May 2016
This talk, set against the backdrop of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, will explore notions of society in commissioned contemporary art and portraiture.
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Artist demonstration
9 May 2016
Artist Workshop
10 May 2016
Workshop with Melissa Scott-Miller RP NEAC
Artist demonstration
12 May 2016
Artist Workshop
13 May 2016
A half hour session with Royal Society of Portrait Painters member Andrew James.
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Artist demonstration
14 May 2016
Portrait painting demonstration in the gallery
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18 May 2016
The President of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Robin-Lee Hall will be hosting a talk between three influential painters; Anthony Eyton RA Hon PS Hon ROI, Phil Hale, Daphne Todd OBE PPRP NEAC
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Exhibition Tour
19 May 2016
Join President Robin-Lee Hall and Secretary, Melissa Scott-Miller for an informal tour of the annual exhibition.