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.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters
Annual Exhibition
Mall Galleries
The Mall, London, SW1
5- 20 May 2016
£3 The whole exhibition is online as well, just click here

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
As every year, the private view is very busy indeed

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
My pastel self portrait bottom, 2nd from left.

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
Self Portrait with Baker Boy Hat, pastel, 30x25cm

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
David Cobley RP NEAC RWA, Portrait of Sir John Tooke, oil, 100x76cm

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
Anthony Connolly RP, Portrait of Cecily, oil, 40x25cm

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
Paul Brason PPRP, Eighteen, Winter Light, oil, 170x125cm (left). Charlotte Sorapure NEAC, Portrait of Don McCullin, oil, 136×105.5cm

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
The works of Melissa Scott Miller RP NEAC on the left

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
Works by Hero Johnson on the right

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
Large painting by Saied Dai RP NEAC, Portrait of Jasper Rose, oil, 83x67cm

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
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)

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
Simone Bingemer, Portrait of Severin, Pastel, 60x49cm

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
Bernadett Timko, Portrait of Barry, Oil, 61x55cm (bottom left)

Sophie Ploeg Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2016
A wall with works by Toby Wiggins RP (left), Anastasia Pollard RP (middle) and Antony Williams RP NEAC PS (right)

About the author 

Sophie

Sophie is an artist, art historian, tutor, and writer. She writes on art history, oil and pastel painting, exhibitions and more. She loves painting portraits, drapery and lace. She teaches online art classes in her online art school. The 17th century is probably her favourite era, although the ancient Romans are currently fighting for the lead spot.

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