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



Valeriy Gridnev PS ROI RP
Oil, 100 x 65 cm, NFS

The Girl with Lilies

Valeriy Gridnev PS ROI RP
Oil, 99 x 69 cm, £9,500


Raoof Haghighi
Acrylic, 40 x 30 cm, £8,000

Self Portrait

Raoof Haghighi
Charcoal, 29 x 21 cm, £2,000


Robin-Lee Hall PPRP
Egg tempera, 36 x 28 cm, NFS

The Noble African

Rachid Hanbali
Oil, 81 x 100 cm, £3,700


Victor Harris
Oil, 50 x 40 cm, £2,400
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Mother and Daughter

Julia Hawkins
Oil, 76 x 102 cm, £2,300
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Working from Home

Benjamin Hope
Oil, 40 x 30 cm, £2,400
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Ann Bates OBE

Emma Hopkins
Oil, 129 x 83 cm, £8,000


Hero Johnson
Oil, 120 x 100 cm, NFS


Terry Kent
Oil, 40 x 50 cm, £1,050
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Young Actor

Kathryn Kynoch
Oil, 104 x 104 cm, £12,000
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Robin L Muller
Conte, 56 x 51 cm, NFS


Kevin Line RBSA
Charcoal, 83 x 64 cm, £1,800


Zi Ling
Watercolour & acrylic, 91 x 71 cm, NFS
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Medicine Man

Kinga Markus
Oil, 105 x 126 cm, £3,500
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Actor's Dressing Room

Jane Masojada
Oil, 93 x 70 cm, NFS
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Eileen Ellis RDI (Royal Designer to Industry)

Gregory Mason
Oil, 100 x 80 cm, NFS

Geraldine with Yellow Spectacles

Rosie McClelland
Oil, 100 x 90 cm, NFS


Shawn McGovern
Oil, 83 x 60 cm, £5,500
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Summer Garden, Samuel

Kenny McKendry
Oil, 27 x 20 cm, £2,500

Leanne Benjamin AM, OBE Prima Ballerina

June Mendoza AO OBE RP ROI
Oil, 121 x 145 cm, NFS

Leanne Benjamin AM, OBE Prima Ballerina

June Mendoza AO OBE RP ROI
Oil, 121 x 145 cm, NFS

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