10am to 5pm 

Open until 7pm on Tuesday 14 and 21 May

9 May 2019 to 24 May 2019
Main Gallery, North Galleries and Threadneedle Space

Admission £4, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries and under 18s

There is always so much to enjoy in this exhibition, from the faces depicted in the portraits, both famous and unfamiliar, to the wide variety of high-quality paintings. It is a celebration of the very best in contemporary portraiture nationally and internationally.

Unlike other portrait exhibitions, it is rigorously selected by professional portrait painters who themselves have been elected by their peers to the Society.  It is one of the world’s most extensive contemporary portrait exhibitions forming a showcase of some 200 works.  

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Selected Works

Brian Gay

Alastair Adams PPRP
Oil, 110 x 90 cm, NFS
Alastair Adams Portrait of Nick Frost Actor

Nick Frost, Actor, Screenwriter, Producer and Author

Alastair Adams PPRP
Oil, 103 x 84 cm, NFS


Maggie Avison
Graphite, 44 x 36 cm, NFS

Autumn Rains

BingYang Bai
Oil, 176 x 106 cm, NFS


Elena Vladimir Baranoff
Egg tempera, 42 x 37 cm, NFS


Helen Bartholomew
Oil, 45 x 45 cm, £600


Masha Baur
Oil stick, 91 x 74 cm, £1,200


Caroline Bays PS
Oil, 50 x 44 cm, £1,400

Mr Moody Junior

Stewart Beckett
Oil, 76 x 61 cm, £850

Portrait of the Postman

Angela Bell
Oil, 20 x 15 cm, £650


Frances Bell RP
Oil, 40 x 45 cm, £3,800

The Conversation

Frances Bell RP
Oil, 116 x 115 cm, £10,800


Frances Bell RP
Oil, 96 x 106 cm, NFS

Clifford, Outreach Worker, Tottenham

Tim Benson PROI NEAC
Oil, 104 x 76 cm, NFS

Man Looking Down 2

Tim Benson PROI NEAC
Oil, 32 x 27 cm, NFS


Rachel Birkett
Acrylic, 50 x 35 cm, NFS


Jane Bond RP NEAC
Charcoal, 89 x 69 cm, POA


Jane Bond RP NEAC
Charcoal, 89 x 76 cm, POA

The Music of the Night

Anastasia Borodina
Oil, 170 x 80 cm, SOLD
Jason Bowyer Paul


Jason Bowyer PS PPNEAC RP
Oil, 47 x 50 cm, SOLD
Jason Bowyer Rats Scabies

Rat Scabies

Jason Bowyer PS PPNEAC RP
Oil, 204 x 102 cm, £7,800
Jason Bowyer Rats Scabies

Rat Scabies

Jason Bowyer PS PPNEAC RP
Oil, 47 x 50 cm, £1,750

Sir Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick

Paul Brason RP
Oil, 142 x 111 cm, NFS

Related events

Artist demonstration
9 May 2019
Frances Bell RP will be demonstrating the ‘sight size’ technique
Artist demonstration
14 May 2019
David Caldwell RP will be demonstrating his portrait painting techniques
15 May 2019
David Cobley RP NEAC in conversation with critic and art historian Peter Davies
Artist demonstration
17 May 2019
Andrew James RP NEAC will be demonstrating his portrait drawing techniques
18 May 2019
A panel discussion about G F Watts’ portrait of Lillie Langtry, on loan to the RP Annual Exhibition
21 May 2019
A conversation between painter Michael Taylor RP and photographer Alistair Morrison about their collaborative project
Artist demonstration
22 May 2019
Jane Bond RP NEAC will be demonstrating her portrait drawing techniques