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

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


Suzanne Doyle

Sam Dalby RP
Oil, 75 x 55 cm, NFS

Hello Earth

Simon Davis VPRP
Oil, 64 x 48 cm, £1,500

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Simon Davis VPRP
Oil, 66 x 55 cm, £2,500

Monooka II

Simon Davis VPRP
Oil, 59 x 38 cm, £2,800
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Ghosts Live Here

Helen Davison
Oil, 30 x 25 cm, NFS


Harriet Doherty
Oil, 60 x 90 cm, £700

Mr John Howell, MP

Mark Draisey
74 x 60 cm, NFS

Christos Lazari

Miriam Escofet
Oil, 148 x 117 cm, NFS

Pastel Study of my Mother for 'An Angel at my Table'

Miriam Escofet
Pastel, 100 x 75 , NFS
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Derrick Tweed, Drawing No. 1

David Eyres
Pencil, 112 x 86 cm, NFS
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Portrait of Nuru and Rose after Sleepover

Samantha Fellows
Oil, 40 x 40 cm, £950

Portrait of Count Alexis Limburg-Stirum at Walzin

Andrew Festing PPRP
Oil, 92 x 81 cm, NFS

Portrait of Lord Manners

Andrew Festing PPRP
Oil, 97 x 81 cm, NFS


Mark Fielding
Mixed media, 75 x 56 cm, NFS

Admiralty Arch

Richard Foster PRP
Oil, 125 x 150 cm, NFS


Richard Foster PRP
Watercolour, 70 x 55 cm, NFS

The Stanton Family

Richard Foster PRP
Oil, 75 x 90 cm, NFS


Lucy Fyffe
Charcoal & chalk, 60 x 50 cm, SOLD


Raul G.
Acrylic, 100 x 100 cm, £1,650


Joseph Galvin
Oil, 43 x 53 cm, NFS


Jonathan Gidlow
Oil, 56 x 46 cm, £1,600


David Graham RP
Oil, 33 x 31 cm, SOLD

Mr Deane RP

David Graham RP
Oil, 76 x 66 cm, £6,000


Lyn Gray
Oil, 40 x 24 cm, NFS

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Artist demonstration
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Portrait Demonstration by Sam Dalby RP
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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