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Growing up within an artistic family and with the influence of the Graham Sutherland Gallery, then located at her family home in Pembrokeshire, it was perhaps inevitable that Nicky would enjoy a successful career as an artist.
Having trained at the City & Guilds and the Cecil-Graves Atelier in Florence, she returned to London in the late 80s, where she built a successful career as a portrait and still life painter. Her varied commissions have included a conversation piece depicting the novelist Ken Follett surrounded by characters from his novels; two ex-Governors of the Bank of England; and in 2010 her double portrait of TRHs Princes William and Harry was unveiled to great acclaim at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
In 2013 Nicky was approached by Royal Mail to paint a portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II for the first class stamp series celebrating the 60 th anniversary of her Coronation, the first time Royal Mail had commissioned a painting. The full length portrait depicts HM The Queen in her robes of the Order of the Garter, surrounded by her four dogs. It was at Buckingham Palace during one of her sittings that the idea of including the corgis was born. The painting, gifted by Royal Mail, has been accepted by The Queen and is now on display as part of the Royal Collection in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.
In March 2014 Nicky’s portrait of Falklands hero Simon Weston OBE was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The portrait was commissioned by the NPG and the BBC for their joint project the ‘People’s Portrait’, which gave the public the chance to vote for the person they believed most deserving of a portrait hanging in the NPG. The BBC documented the portrait from the initial meeting of Nicky and Simon, through each ‘sitting’, to the unveiling of the portrait at the NPG by presenters Fiona Bruce and Dan Snow. The one hour programme was featured on BBC 1 on Sunday 13 th April.
Between her portrait commissions, Nicky has had many successful Still Life and Landscape exhibitions. All 70 paintings were sold during the first week of her solo exhibition in Cork Street, and again at her 2015 exhibition from our St James’s gallery. Her paintings can be found in collections worldwide.
There is a dignity to the full-length portrait that Philipps has produced, and it shows her enjoyment in her portrayal of the robes, and her desire to make things sparkle.
Karen Wright, Art Critic, The Independent
Philipps paints close likenesses of William and Harry, a style common to contemporary portraitists owing something to celebrated figures of the past like John Singer Sargent.
Ben Luke, Art Critic, The Evening Standard
Nicky Philipps is an accomplished painter. She works with fluent skill, her effects apparently unforced. ..This is an intimate composition that puts the Princes at our level, inviting the spectator to become almost a third person in the small conversational group.
Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Daily Telegraph
This is actually a contemporary history painting that alludes in a dignified way to the most important fact about Britain now, that people are dying in uniform. Just as Manet made the style of Velazquez an image of the new, so Nicky Philipps finds poses for our strange time in old paintings. There is a keenness and a style to this portrait without the swagger.
Jonathan Jones, Art Critic, The Guardian