The Royal Society of Portrait Artists presents its annual exhibition of portraits from 16th to 26th September in the Mall Galleries, with a special focus on Russian artists. The exhibition will feature more than 200 portraits by masters from around the world.
The Royal Society of Portrait Artists, founded in 1891, runs an annual exhibition of portraits, which is divided into two parts: a members’ section and an open-air section. All works submitted are carefully selected and approved by professional portrait artists. The figures depicted include people from all walks of life: young and old, athletes and politicians. This exhibition is the perfect place for those who wish to commission a portrait, as it features work by all the best portrait artists in Britain and elsewhere.
This year’s exhibition will feature more than 200 paintings in various genres of portraiture. The Mall Galleries will feature portraits of famous people such as two portraits of actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss. There will also be portraits of Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick, Royal Ballet soloist Ed Watson, sculptor Andrew Logan and many others. Works by Russian artists include a portrait of the Earl and Countess of Compton by Sergei Pavlenko. Works by Russian artists such as Vladimir Presnyakov, Valery Gridnev, Ksenia Istomina and Svetlana Kornilova will also be on display at Mall Galleries.
Due to the postponement of the exhibition because of the pandemic, many works are already available to view online at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ website. A prize-giving ceremony will take place on 16th September. The prizes include the £10,000 Ondaatje Prize, The Prince of Wales’s Award for Portrait Drawing and The Smallwood Prize. This time the winners will be announced online. Entrance to the exhibition costs £5, but visitors under 25 years old are free. Tickets and times to visit should be booked in advance on the gallery’s website.
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ exhibition takes place at the Mall Galleries from 16th to 26th September.Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

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