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. 

View the Prize Winning works from the exhibition now


Find out about becoming a Friend of Mall Galleries

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

Wagstaff-Adele-Solitude A Portrait of Mum.jpg

Solitude. A Portrait of Mum

Adele Wagstaff
Oil, 50 x 45 cm, NFS

Katherine Cumming, Bathwick Hill

John Walton Hon RP
Oil, 52 x 42 cm, NFS
Wang-Jian-Fulpati of Dashain Festival.jpg

Fulpati of Dashain Festival

Jian Wang
Pastel, 110 x 75 cm, £50,000
Ward-Terry-Cricket Spectator .jpg

Cricket Spectator

Terry Ward
Charcoal & chalk, 65 x 54 cm, NFS
Ward-Terry-A Pensive Gamze.jpg

The Pensive Gamze

Terry Ward
Graphite, 55 x 47 cm, NFS


Joshua Waterhouse
Oil, 61 x 40 cm, £9,000
Watson-Colin-Parvis Sigaroundinia.jpg

Parvis Sigaroudinia

Colin Watson
Oil, 61 x 45 cm, NFS
Watts-Leslie-The Four of Us.jpg

The Four of Us

Leslie Watts
Graphite & wax, 50 x 40 cm, NFS

Anthony Bowen, Jesus College, Cambridge

Emma Wesley RP
Pencil, 39 x 47 cm, NFS


Emma Wesley RP
Pencil, 33 x 39 cm, NFS

Nigel Harris, Violinmaker

Emma Wesley RP
Acrylic, 97 x 97 cm, NFS

Katie and Jamie

Toby Wiggins RP
Oil, 40 x 35 cm, NFS

Portrait of my Father

Toby Wiggins RP
Oil, 47 x 40 cm, NFS

Study for a Portrait of Sophie Holdforth

Toby Wiggins RP
Pencil, 79 x 89 cm, NFS
Williams-John-Michael Harding.jpg

Michael Harding

John Williams
Oil, 93 x 93 cm, NFS


Antony Williams NEAC PS RP
Egg tempera, 46 x 41 cm, NFS

Kumar Sangakkara

Antony Williams NEAC PS RP
Egg tempera, 92 x 92 cm, NFS

Mahela Jayawardene (By kind permission of the MCC)

Antony Williams NEAC PS RP
Egg tempera, 92 x 92 cm, NFS

Jörg Geller in the Library of the East India Club, St James's Square

John Wonnacott CBE Hon. RP
Oil, 127 x 92 cm, NFS

Two Brides Together in the Garden Dancing

John Wonnacott CBE Hon. RP
Oil, 158 x 127 cm, NFS


Robbie Wraith RP
Ink, 45 x 35 cm, NFS

Paul Barnard

Robbie Wraith RP
Charcoal, 80 x 46 cm, NFS
Wright-Lindy-Chef David Giddings.jpg

Chef David Giddings

Lindy Wright
Oil, 80 x 40 cm, £1,400
Wylie-Craig-Mr & Mrs Emerson (Diptych).jpg

Mr & Mrs Emerson (Diptych)

Craig Wylie
Oil, 130 x 200 cm, NFS

Related events

Sam Dalby RP 2.jpg
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