Category Archives: National Portrait Gallery London

Beginnings and a proposal البدايات واقتراح

It is now ten years since I first travelled to a small community on the southern edge of Luxor with a view to making a series of portraits of the people I met, and of those families I got to … Continue reading

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500 Portraits: 25 Years of the BP Portrait Award

500 Portraits which celebrates 25 years of the BP Portrait Award has been revised and updated to coincide with the opening of the BP Portrait Award 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery London. The new edition of this beautiful book … Continue reading

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A Private View – Portrait Painters Today

Last night’s opening of Portrait Painters Today was a fabulous start to this exhibition. The gallery was so busy that it took some time to be able to see the paintings clearly. St. Paul’s had hung the work beautifully, grouping … Continue reading

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Laura Knight Portraits

This fabulous exhibition of over 30 portraits by Dame Laura Knight (1877 – 1970) brings together many remarkable images that capture contemporary life. From dancers of the Ballet Russes to the circus, the Nuremberg trials to Gypsies at the Epsom … Continue reading

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Face to Face: The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition 2013

This week has seen the opening of two major portrait exhibitions in London, the BP Portrait Award 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery, and the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition 2013 at Kings Place Gallery. Both exhibitions are excellent and attending … Continue reading

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New ways with still life: part II – Suggestive portraits

The second part of my series ‘new ways with still life’ is now in the Summer 2012 issue of Artists & Illustrators. It discusses how to create ‘portraits’ of a sitter from a composition of carefully selected objects. The painting … Continue reading

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Inspirations: Radical Clarity

With a change of studio imminent, I find myself caught between desperately wanting to begin a number of new paintings, but firstly having the pressure of trying to complete work-in-progress, some of which has been in progress many months. So … Continue reading

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Painting People – the Portraits of Lucian Freud

It was during 1988 when I had my first encounter with the paintings of Lucian Freud. I had known of his work for some time and while I was on my foundation course, I was spending all my time in … Continue reading

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What an inspirational exhibition year so far…

For inspiring exhibitions, London is certainly the place to be at the moment. Here is just a brief pictorial resume of some of the inspirations of 2012… and it’s still only February… how lucky we are!

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A familiar face – Heat Wave

My painting Contemplation has proved to be a popular portrait this year. Earlier in the summer it was included in 500 Portraits published by National Portrait Gallery and it was around the same time that I was approached by Penguin … Continue reading

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