It’s the pre-eminent exhibition of portraiture in the UK. If you want to be a
portrait artist you need to get an artwork hung in this exhibition in order to
reach a wider public who commission portraits.
This annual exhibition is an occasion for the public to enjoy the
Society’s artist members’ most recent works and to discover new talents
selected amongst thousands of applications for this show. It is a
celebration of the very best in contemporary portraiture nationally and
Arina Gordienko, ‘Life in Crimson Flame’, 91 x 122 cm. Photo: Mark Sepple pic.twitter.com/Njz0eGDmWy
— mallgalleries (@mallgalleries) May 5, 2022
This is not an exhibition where it is expected that great paintings will sell.
This is because they might have been done as commissions and are being allowed
by their owners to be exhibited. This applies to artists selected through the
open entry and well as members.
An example are the three portraits below by Alistair Adams – a Past President of the RSPP – who works almost entirely to commission – often for large corporate organisations.
|Three portraits of leading University Academics by Alistair Adams PPRP|
It’s unlikely that I’ll be able to get to this exhibition (although today’s
very slow walk to the Polling Station was promising) – so it’s unlikely I
can provide a review of what’s in the show.
However you can see the artworks in the exhibition by
Britain’s most distinguished senior portrait painter Andrew Festing with me beside Antony Williams’s new portrait of me as Claudius at the @mallgalleries Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual show – open until 14 May pic.twitter.com/j1r7ta1oAu
— Gyles Brandreth (@GylesB1) May 4, 2022
I don’t see any planned events so I’m assuming none are planned.
A Special Display Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
This year’s exhibition is special because it includes a special display for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Members of the RSPP have been commissioned in the past to paint the Queen.
The display includes a special collection of portraits of her painted by
The range of portraits on display:
- represent her reign to the present day, and
demonstrate a wide array of artistic styles, sizes, mediums, and
RECOMMENDED VIEWING: The 17 minute video below provides more information about this display of portraits of the Queen and includes painters talking about their portraits and approach to portraiture.
- Venue: Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
- Dates: 5-14th May 2022
- Hours: 10am – 5pm (i.e. back to normal hours)
- Late Night: On Wednesday 11th May the exhibition is open 11am – 7pm
No tickets required – but entrance fee is £5 (unless you are a Friend of
Mall Galleries or under 25 years of age)
About the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters contains a broad collection of stylistic and intellectual approaches that continue to make a significant contribution to the ongoing tradition of portraiture in Britain today. The Society vigorously looks to uphold the values and practices of its long and distinguished history, but at the same time, it seeks to explore and develop new artistic models and perspectives in this endlessly fascinating and relevant discipline