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

Alex Liederman at 17

Jamie Routley
Oil, 200 x 100 cm, NFS

Adjutant, Scots Guards

Susan Ryder RP NEAC
Oil, 76 x 63 cm, NFS


Susan Ryder RP NEAC
Oil, 40 x 30 cm, NFS

Shell with Lord and Lady Carter

Susan Ryder RP NEAC
Oil, 63 x 91 cm, NFS


Charlie Schaffer
Oil, 62 x 46 cm, £4,200


Charlie Schaffer
Oil, 88 x 57 cm, £5,500

Coffee with Mum

Fiona Scott
Oil, 82 x 82 cm, NFS

Liz Day and Gaby Charing and Chico

Melissa Scott-Miller RP NEAC RBA
Oil, 72 x 91 cm, NFS

Nill and Family at 129b Harvist Road

Melissa Scott-Miller RP NEAC RBA
Oil, 72 x 91 cm, NFS

Self Portrait with Adam and Cordy in my Studio/Living Room

Melissa Scott-Miller RP NEAC RBA
Oil, 91 x 61 cm, £3,000


Caroline Seilern-Aspang
Oil, 60 x 50 cm, NFS


Daniel Shadbolt NEAC
Oil, 76 x 76 cm, SOLD


Sue Spaull
Oil, 103 x 148 cm, £4,000

Portrait of Iain MacFadden, Stone Mason and Bag Piper

Martin Stevenson
Acrylic, 100 x 100 cm, £6,000

Ellen in a Chinese Dress

Jeff Stultiens RP
Oil, 51 x 41 cm, NFS

Brigid Rodgers

Jason Sullivan RP
Oil, 61 x 51 cm, NFS

Michel Strauss

Benjamin Sullivan RP NEAC
Oil, 98 x 48 cm, NFS

Self Portrait

Edward Sutcliffe
Oil, 80 x 45 cm, NFS

The Old Buffers

David Thomas
Watercolour, 49 x 64 cm, £1,200


Bernadett Timko
Etching (edition of 3, 0 available), 22 x 17 cm, SOLD


Bernadett Timko
Oil, 36 x 25 cm, SOLD

J.A. - Scheming in Hove

Oil, 83 x 83 cm, NFS

Professor Susan Smith, Mistress of Girton

Oil, 93 x 83 cm, NFS


Jacques Viljoen
Oil, 60 x 50 cm, £1,200

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