I was delighted to find out one of my pastel self portraits was selected for the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. This wonderful exhibition is held at the Mall Galleries in London and is always a joy. So much variety in style and approach but a high quality throughout. It is a great show of contemporary portrait painting in the UK. Yesterday was the private view which I attended. Here are some photos of my favourite paintings out of many, many amazing works. The show runs until 20 May.
As every year, the private view is very busy indeed
My pastel self portrait bottom, 2nd from left.
Self Portrait with Baker Boy Hat, pastel, 30x25cm
David Cobley RP NEAC RWA, Portrait of Sir John Tooke, oil, 100x76cm
Anthony Connolly RP, Portrait of Cecily, oil, 40x25cm
Paul Brason PPRP, Eighteen, Winter Light, oil, 170x125cm (left). Charlotte Sorapure NEAC, Portrait of Don McCullin, oil, 136×105.5cm
The works of Melissa Scott Miller RP NEAC on the left
Works by Hero Johnson on the right
Large painting by Saied Dai RP NEAC, Portrait of Jasper Rose, oil, 83x67cm
Michael Taylor RP, Self Portrait 2016, oil,76x60cm (top). Portrait of Xandra, pencil, 54x44cm
Aldo Balding, Bared and Brushed, oil, 92x65cm (left). Stephanie Kullberg, Portrait of Lisa, Charcoal and Chalk, 70x60cm (winner of the Lazlo Foundation Award) (bottom left)
Simone Bingemer, Portrait of Severin, Pastel, 60x49cm
Sarah Jane Moon, Portrait of Harriet & Anoushka, Oil, 140x120cm (right)
Bernadett Timko, Portrait of Barry, Oil, 61x55cm (bottom left)
A wall with works by Toby Wiggins RP (left), Anastasia Pollard RP (middle) and Antony Williams RP NEAC PS (right)
About the author
Sophie is an artist, art historian, tutor, author and blogger. She writes on oil and pastel painting, art history and the life of an artist. She paints portraits and still life and specialises in painting drapery and lace.