10am to 5pm (Open until 7pm on Tuesday 9 and 16 May)

4 May 2017 to 19 May 2017
Main Gallery, North Galleries and Threadneedle Space

Admission: £4, Concession £2.50, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries and under 18s.

50% off to National Art Pass Holders

This fascinating exhibition always attracts some well-known faces both on and off the walls.  

It is a showcase of the best recent portraits by artists at all stages in their careers from eminent masters to emerging new talent. It encompasses a huge range of characters, styles and media, showing the breadth of the contemporary painted portrait.

Commissions are vital to this genre so Consultants are available throughout the show to help anybody who would like to know more about commissioning a portrait. 

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Exhibiting artists

Hun Adamoglu
Marilyn Bailey
Geoffrey Beasley
Frances Borden
Martin Brooks
Emma Bruce
John Burke
Henry Byrne
Steve Caldwell
Chris Clements
Vania Comoretti
John Cooney
Belinda Crozier
Merrie Curtiss-Fuller
Lantian D
Helen Davison
Harriet Doherty
Mark Draisey
David Eyres
Samantha Fellows
Mark Fielding
Lucy Fyffe
Jonathan Gidlow
Lyn Gray
Raul G.
Mark Haddon
Raoof Haghighi
Rachid Hanbali
Victor Harris
Julia Hawkins
Vin Jelly
Hero Johnson
Terry Kent
Kathryn Kynoch
John Lessore
Zi Ling
Kinga Markus
Jane Masojada
Gregory Mason
Claire McAuley
Rosie McClelland
Shawn McGovern
Kenny McKendry
Millie Midgley
Julian Mitchell
Patrick Moffat
Mark Mulholland
Robin L Muller
Genevieve Murray
Britta Noresten
Tim Patrick
Harriet Pattinson
Sergei Pavlenko
Allan Ramsay
Carl Randall
Scarlett Rickard
Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco
Jamie Routley
Charlie Schaffer
Fiona Scott
Caroline Seilern-Aspang
Sue Spaull
Martin Stevenson
Edward Sutcliffe
David Thomas
David Vigor
Jacques Viljoen
Adele Wagstaff
Jian Wang
Terry Ward
Joshua Waterhouse
Colin Watson
Leslie Watts
John Williams ARSBA
Linda Wright
Craig Wylie
Zhang Yafei
Michael Youds

Selected Works

A Nap

Hun Adamoglu
Oil, 60 x 80 cm, SOLD

John Bagnall, Alfred Bagnall & Sons Ltd

Alastair Adams PPRP
Oil, 62 x 56 cm, NFS

Professor Ray Cowell

Alastair Adams PPRP
Oil, 175 x 85, NFS


Marilyn Bailey
Oil, 39 x 35 cm, £1,250


Liz Balkwill PS
Oil, 75 x 54 cm, £3,000

Old Dog

Liz Balkwill PS
Oil, 58 x 28, NFS

Reflection with Horse

Caroline Bays PS
Oil, 46 x 31 cm, £1,750


Geoffrey Beasley
Oil, 61 x 51 cm, £10,000


Frances Bell
Oil, 71 x 66 cm, NFS


Frances Bell
Oil, 66 x 45 cm, NFS

Self Portrait with Gas Mask for Painting Fumes

Oil, 33 x 25 cm, £1,900

Sister Cecilia, Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Oil, 30 x 25 cm, NFS
James Bland NEAC Natalie


James Bland NEAC
Oil, 35 x 30 cm, NFS


James Bland NEAC
Oil, 91 x 51 cm, £1,946


Frances Borden
Oil, 36 x 36 cm, £2,000


Jason Bowyer PS PPNEAC RP
Ink, 53 x 46 cm, £1,200

Arthur and Lottie

Paul Brason RP
Oil, 46 x 61 cm, NFS

Dr Suzy Lishman

Paul Brason RP
Oil, 98 x 71 cm, NFS

Lottie (Study)

Paul Brason RP
Pencil, 46 x 61 cm, NFS


Martin Brooks
Oil, 36 x 45 cm, £3,250


Martin Brooks
Oil, 40 x 40 cm, £3,250

Related events

Sam Dalby RP, Painter in the Mirror (detail)
Artist demonstration
4 May 2017
Portrait Demonstration by Sam Dalby RP
Artist demonstration
9 May 2017
Portrait Demonstration by Simon Davis VPRP
Artist demonstration
11 May 2017
Anastasia Pollard RP will be demonstrating her portrait painting techniques in the gallery.
Artist demonstration
13 May 2017
Portrait Demonstration by David Newens Assoc RP
Artist demonstration
16 May 2017
Portrait Demonstration by Tom Coates Hon PS PPNEAC PPRBA RP