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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Brother by a Window

Aelfred Hillman

Oil
26.5 x 13 cm (28.5 x 15 cm framed)
£220
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Self Portrait

Anhelina Holembivska

Watercolour
44 x 30 cm
£2,200
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Self Portrait

Ruth Holt

Oil
17.5 x 13.5 cm
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Elizabeth #2

Benjamin Hope NEAC PS RSMA AROI RP

Oil
36 x 36 cm
£1,000
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Self Portrait in Ski Beanie

Benjamin Hope NEAC PS RSMA AROI RP

Oil
36 x 31 cm
£1,300
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Bella

Florence Houston

Oil
20 x 26 cm (30 x 36 cm framed)
£1,800
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Lockdown Studio Self Portrait

Megan Hunter

Oil on aluminium
46 x 61 cm (51 x 66 cm framed)
£6,000
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Small Self

Hero Johnson

Oil
24 x 18 cm
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Portrait of Myles Johnston

Alex Kasyan

Pastel
35.5 x 28 cm
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Self Portrait with a Window

Andrii Kateryniuk

Oil
33 x 19.5 cm (47.5 x 34 cm framed)
£2,500
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Byrne

Jeannie Kinsler

Oil
50.5 x 61 cm (53.5 x 64 cm framed)
£1,800
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Dawn's Troubles

Preslav Kostov

Oil
30 x 21 cm (32 x 23 cm framed)
£900
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David in Renaissance Style

Tomas Kubik

Oil
50 x 40 cm (65 x 53 cm framed)
£9,500
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Valeria

Tomas Kubik

Oil
50 x 40 cm (65 x 53 cm framed)
£9,500
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Portrait Through a Prism

Sandra Kuck

Oil
61 x 91 cm
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Raven Drawing at the Kitchen Table, October 2020

Peter Kuhfeld RP NEAC

Oil
43 x 40 cm (53 x 50 cm framed)
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Raven Drawing at the Table, April 2020

Peter Kuhfeld RP NEAC

26 x 36 cm (36 x 46 cm framed)
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The Magician

Peter Kuhfeld RP NEAC

Oil
46 x 46 cm (56 x 56 cm framed)
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Michael Tribe PhD MA

Kathryn Kynoch

Oil
112 x 91 cm (138 x 117 cm framed)
£12,000
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Self in Turquoise Blouse

Kathryn Kynoch

Oil
76 x 81 cm (102 x 107 cm framed)
£10,000
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Messiah Eyes

Anna Larin

Oil
50 x 20 cm
£870
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The Egyptian Girl

David Lawton

Oil
9 x 7.5 cm (31.5 x 29.5 cm framed)
£2,500
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The Sculptor

David Lawton

Oil
11 x 8 cm (32.7 x 30 cm framed)
£2,500
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Portrait of Isabelle

Lysandra Lestini

Oil
119 x 91.5 cm
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Before and After

Valdemar Lethin

Oil
37 x 30 cm (42.5 x 49.5 cm framed)
£2,000

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.