The Artist

Royal Society of PORTRAIT PAINTERS

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The Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ annual exhibition takes place at the Mall Galleries in London, from May 6 to 15. For the past months, the society has been receiving entries from artists over the age of 18 from the UK and internatio­nally and a selection of these will be displayed alongside members’ work. Numerous prizes and awards are offered and this year there will be a new £20,000 William Lock Portrait Prize awarded to the most ‘timeless portrait with great feeling for paint and its aesthetic potential’. Other prizes include the £10,000 Ondaatje Prize for Portraitur­e and The Prince of Wales ‘s Award for Portrait Drawing.

‘The selection of work on display,’ the organisers say, ‘makes it the perfect destinatio­n for those wishing to commission a portrait. The individual­s portrayed span every age and every field of human activity. Portraitur­e is a fascinatin­g barometer of current trends and holds a mirror up to nature in reflecting life in contempora­ry Britain.’This year, that reflection is more important than ever. To see the exhibition online and for more informatio­n go to www.mallgaller­ies.org.uk

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 ??  ?? Samuel Dalby Meeting Daniel, oil on panel, 1137in (28318cm)
Samuel Dalby Meeting Daniel, oil on panel, 1137in (28318cm)
 ??  ?? Melissa Scott-Miller Self-portrait, oil on canvas, 351/23471/4in (903120cm)
Melissa Scott-Miller Self-portrait, oil on canvas, 351/23471/4in (903120cm)

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