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

Click on an image to enquire about purchasing a work from this exhibition

Lewis-Gabriel-The-Harvester.jpg

The Harvester

Gabriel Lewis

Oil
75 x 45 cm
£2,400
Ling-Yun-Adila.jpg

Adila

Yun Ling

Oil
60 x 50 cm
Liu-Cuiping-Guitar-and-Young-Girl.jpg

Guitar and Young Girl

Cuiping Liu

Oil
95 x 120 cm
Liu-Xiaowei-Meditative-Model.jpg

Meditative Model

Xiaowei Liu

Oil
50 x 70 cm
£20,000
Loffill-Tom-Ben-Liz-&-Rola.jpg

Ben, Liz & Rola

Tom Loffill

Acrylic
61 x 46 cm
Martineau-Luke-Teatime.jpg

Teatime

Luke Martineau

Oil
61 x 76 cm (79 x 94 cm framed)
£6,500
Masacz-Helen-Midlife.jpg

Midlife

Helen Masacz

Oil
51 x 39 cm (64 x 52.5 cm framed)
£1,200
Mills-Stephanie-Outcome.jpg

Outcome

Stephanie Mills

Graphite
31 x 26 cm (49 x 44 cm framed)
£1,400
Morris-Luis-Antigone.jpg

Antigone

Luis Morris ROI

Oil
60 x 50 cm
£5,000
Morris-Anthony-Grandmother-and-Grandchild.jpg

Grandmother & Grandchild

Anthony Morris RP NEAC

Oil
71 x 56 cm (86 x 71 cm framed)
Morris-Anthony-Portrait-of-Margaret.jpg

Portrait of Margaret

Anthony Morris RP NEAC

Oil
51 x 76 cm (76 x 89 cm framed)
Newington-Kate-Amanda.jpg

Amanda

Kate Newington

Mixed media
30 x 30 cm (31 x 31 cm framed)
£400
Ning-Li-Stranger.jpg

Stranger

Li Ning

Oil
100 x 80 cm (110 x 90 cm framed)
£20,000
Orlowski-Stefan-John-Material-Monk.jpg

Material Monk

Stefan John Orlowski

Egg tempera
60 x 60 cm
£3,000
Orlowski-Stefan-John-The-Blue-Room.jpg

The Blue Room

Stefan John Orlowski

Oil
65 x 65 cm
£2,500
Overheul-Sylvie-The-Paper-Garden.jpg

The Paper Garden

Sylvie Overheul

Acrylic
40 x 30 cm (43.5 x 33.5 cm framed)
£3,750
Pasterfield-Nicola-Paddy.jpg

Paddy

Nicola Pasterfield

Acrylic
40 x 30 cm
£1,960
Pearce-John-N-Artist-in-the-Garden.jpg

Artist in the Garden

John N. Pearce

Oil
89 x 63 cm (93.5 x 67.5 cm framed)
Poderys-Mantas-Self-Portrait-at-the-Age-of-28.jpg

Self Portrait at the Age of 28 (By kind permission of Arts Council of Northern Ireland)

Mantas Poderys

Pastel
31 x 68 cm (37 x 74 cm framed)
Pollard-Anastasia-Ellie-Asleep.jpg

Ellie Asleep

Anastasia Pollard RP

Oil
30 x 40.5 cm (33 x 43 cm framed)
Pool-Caroline-A-Portrait-of-Rob-Bliss.jpg

A Portrait of Rob Bliss

Caroline Pool

Oil
102 x 76 cm
£4,995
Prudnikova-Elena-Karina-Solovki..jpg

Karina. Solovki.

Elena Prudnikova

Oil
70 x 60 cm (80.5 x 70.5 cm framed)
£7,500
Rajagopal-Bharat-Portrait-of-Chantal.jpg

Portrait of Chantal

Bharat Rajagopal

Graphite
28.5 x 37.5 cm (53.5 x 44.5 cm framed)
£1,500
Renee-Cemmick-Marina-Kirstin.jpg

Kirstin

Marina Renee-Cemmick

Oil
30.5 x 23cm (41 x 33.5 cm framed)
£600
Reynolds-Shannon-Boy-with-Ukulele.jpg

Boy with Ukulele

Shannon Reynolds

Oil
41 x 51 cm (46.5 x 56.5 cm framed)
£1,400

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.