Nicky Philipps, Portrait Painter, Represented by Fine Art Commissions, St. James's, London

Nicky Philipps: Travels with my Paintbox

7 – 30 October 2015

"Travels with my Paintbox" showcases Nicky Philipps’s first solo exhibition of landscape paintings. Widely known for her portraits, this exhibition reveals a new dimension to Nicky’s work, bringing together over 20 paintings and sketches that illustrate her travels across the world.

For more information and to view works in the exhibition, please visit

Nicky Philipps Painting Courses

On September 30 and 1/2 October, Nicky is leading a Sight-Size Masterclass and on November 3/4 she is teaching a two day Still Life in Oil course. If you are interested in joining her please visit or contact Rosita on 01239 891899 or 07977 469474 to book your place.

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Nicky Philipps on BBC art series Fake or Fortune

Watch Nicky Philipps, Fiona Bruce and international art dealer Philip Mould investigate whether a painting that hangs in Picton Castle, Nicky’s ancestral home in Pembrokeshire, is really painted by celebrated impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir.

Watch on iPlayer

Art Classes Wales at Picton Castle Studios

Picton Castle is situated in a spectacular location close to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Whether you enjoy painting at home or have not picked up a paintbrush since school, the Art Classes are specially designed to give artists, of all abilities, the opportunity to paint together and share ideas in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

We have an exciting selection of painting courses taking place this Summer and Autumn. The next opportunity to paint alongside Nicky Philipps is in her sight-size masterclass at the end of September and Still Life in oil course at the beginning of November.

For more information, including class announcements and to book a place on one of the courses, please call 01239 891 899 or visit

Nicky recently taught a successful Still Life course in her studio at Picton Castle

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unveiling of Nicky Philipps' portrait of Simon Weston

nicky philipps' portrait of simon weston at the national portrait gallery

Nicky's portrait of Simon Weston, commissioned jointly by the NPG and BBC for their project the 'People's Portrait', was unveiled at the Gallery on Thursday 20th March. Here they are with presenter Fiona Bruce, who is fronting the one hour programme which documents the commission from start to finish. The programme is due to air on BBC 1 on Sunday 13th April.

The One Show documented the unveiling of the portrait in a fantastic piece on Thursday 20th March, if you missed it you can catch it on iPlayer by clicking the following link, 21m 40s in:

Portrait unveiling on iPlayer

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Nicky Philipps photographed by Julian Calder
© Julian calder

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HM The Queen

Nicky Philipps' Portrait of HM The Queen

Further to the recent announcement on the BBC, Nicky can confirm that the portrait of H M The Queen is now hanging in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace (

Out of the 140 portraits which The Queen has patiently sat for, only two others belong in the Royal Collection; the Coronation Portrait by Sir James Gunn and the controversial head and shoulders by Lucien Freud.

If you enjoy Nicky's portrait of HM The Queen, you can show your support by liking her Facebook page, care of Fine Art Commissions.

Sketch of portrait of H M The Queen, which was worked on during the 'sittings', with The Queen at Buckingham Palace is on view at Fine Art Commissions:


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Picton Bowl

auction of Still Life in aid of Picton Castle Trust, Pembrokeshire

This Still Life was successfully auctioned in aid of the Picton Castle Art Group based at Picton Castle ( For information on the new art group please follow the link:


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Latest Collection

See the latest collection of Still Life and Flower Paintings online:


Only a limited selection are still hanging in Duke Street. However you can buy prints here:


nicky philipps portrait of princes william and harry

TRH's Princes William and Harry  ©The National Portrait Gallery, London

Commissioning Information

Sara Stewart ~ 020 7839 2792 ~

press information and archive editorial

Rosie Martin Smith ~ 020 7839 2792 ~

Examples of Past Commissions


Adult/Child portraits from £22,500 + VAT (minimum canvas size 24" x 20")
Still Life from £2,500 + VAT
Dog portraits priced on application

Fine Art Commissions

34 Duke Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 6DF
020 7839 2792 ~ Monday - Thursday: 10am - 6pm, Friday: 10am - 5pm

Selected Quotes

"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

"I love the portrait. I wish I'd painted it. ..The informality is magic and Prince William's leaning pose against the upright is very relaxed. The painting is beautiful and totally believable."

Rolf Harris, Hello!

"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

"Paint", says Nicky Philipps, "'is a different way of looking at somebody, the trouble with the camera is that it produces something that everyone can see."

Nicky's portraits over 15 years show much experiment en route to the idiomatic painterly language she has now.