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Portrait Award winners


24 People in artist grouping:

This prestigious, international portrait painting competition has been held annually at the National Portrait Gallery since 1980. Each year, artists from around the world submit portraits of a range of sitters; from their friends and families to famous faces. The winning artist is also commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to paint a portrait that subsequently enters the Gallery's collection.

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards

1955-
Painter
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist of 7 portraits
Ishbel Myerscough

Ishbel Myerscough

1968-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 9 portraits
Humphrey Ocean

Humphrey Ocean

1951-
Painter
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist of 12 portraits
Tai-Shan Schierenberg

Tai-Shan Schierenberg

1962-
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 4 portraits
Stuart Pearson Wright

Stuart Pearson Wright

1975-
Artist
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist of 31 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Rosemary Beaton

1963-
Painter
Artist of 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Annabel Cullen

1953-
Artist
Artist of 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Margaret Foreman

1951-
Painter
Artist of 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Catherine Goodman

1961-
Painter; Artistic Director of the Royal Drawing School
Artist of 2 portraits
No individual image available for this person

James Hague

1970-
Artist
Artist of 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Philip Harris

1965-
Painter
Artist of 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

James Lloyd

1971-
Artist
Artist of 3 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Paula MacArthur

1967-
Painter
Artist of 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Justin Mortimer

1970-
Painter
Artist of 2 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Allan Ramsay

1959-
Artist
Artist of 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Victoria Russell

1962-
Artist
Artist of 2 portraits
Emma Sergeant

Emma Sergeant

1959-
Artist
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 3 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Clive Smith

1967-
Artist
Artist of 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Ivy Smith

1945-
Painter
Artist of 3 portraits
Jeff Stultiens

Jeff Stultiens

1944-
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 1 portrait