6 May 2021 to 15 May 2021

11am to 4pm

Open until 7pm on Wednesday 12 May

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£5, Free for Friends of Mall Galleries and under 25s. Concessions available. 

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.

This year there is a mini-theme of Childhood, and The RP Award will be presented for the best portrait on this theme. Other awards include The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture, worth £10,000, and The William Lock Portrait Prize of £20,000.

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Selected Works

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Favourite T, Luke's Portrait 2020

Alastair Adams PPRP

Oil
84 x 43 cm (90 x 49 cm framed)
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Sir Andrew Witty, Chancellor of the University of Nottingham 2013 - 2017

Alastair Adams PPRP

Oil
178 x 76 cm (193 x 91 cm framed)
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Wendy Burn CBE FRCPsych, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2017 - 2020

Alastair Adams PPRP

Oil
100 x 60 cm (114 x 75 cm framed)
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Jack Hudleston

Rupert Alexander

Oil
46 x 38.5 cm (60.5 x 53 cm framed)
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The Rt Hon Lord Mandelson

Rupert Alexander

Oil
60.5 x 50.5 cm (77.5 x 67.5 cm framed)
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The Painter's Daughter

Timothy Joseph Allen

Oil
37 x 45 cm (54 x 62 cm framed)
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Wabi-sabi #1

Naima Aouni

Oil
80 x 80 cm (84 x 84 cm framed)
£7,250
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Portrait of a Painter

Thomas Arthurton

Oil
116 x 59.5 cm
£3,500
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Renate Collins (Kindertransport 80th Anniversary)

David Axtell

Oil
100 x 100 cm (105 x 105 cm framed)
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Mathilde

Aldo Balding

Oil
50 x 40 cm
£3,000
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Intimations 2

Chelsea Bard

Charcoal, graphite & brown pencil
14 x 12 cm
£1,000
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Fatemeh

Zahra Akbari Baseri

Acrylic
76 x 56 cm
£2,000
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Reflection with Postcards

Caroline Bays PS

Oil
64 x 54 cm
£2,750
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Is it a Reflection

Stewart Beckett

Oil
91.5 x 71 cm (101.5 x 81 cm framed)
£1,500
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Flora

Frances Bell RP

Oil
80 x 70 cm (93 x 83 cm framed)
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Rob

Frances Bell RP

Oil
77 x 77 cm (89 x 89 cm framed)
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Self Portrait

Frances Bell RP

Oil
87 x 91 cm (99 x 104 cm framed)
£9,000
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Henry's Birds

Bryony Bensly

101 x 76 cm
£12,000
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Lucille, Tottenham Resident

Tim Benson PROI NEAC RP

Oil
152 x 122 cm (155 x 125 cm framed)
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Man with a Moustache

Tim Benson PROI NEAC RP

Oil
40.5 x 30.5 cm (46.5 x 36.5 cm framed)
£2,000
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Old Lady Leaning on a Pillow

Tim Benson PROI NEAC RP

Oil
20 x 14 cm (26 x 20 cm framed)
£1,000
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Lockdown No 1 Self Portrait Diptych

Marcus Bessin

Oil
30.5 x 41 cm
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Silente I

Marco Bizzarri

Acrylic
190 x 240 cm
£8,000
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The Market Butcher

Dominic Bodden

Chalk pastel, paper collage & photo transfer printmaking
20 x 30.5 cm
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Miss Evelyn Tyler

Jane Bond RP NEAC

Oil
88.5 x 63.5 cm

Related events

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Special event
7 May 2021
Join member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Tim Benson, for a live studio tour via Zoom.
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Artist demonstration
14 May 2021
Frances Bell RP will demonstrate a portrait ‘lay in' from a model, live on Facebook.