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

Nicky Philipps on BBC Radio 4 Today, Wednesday 11th February

Listen to Nicky Philipps and Richard Ormand, curator of Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends discuss the importance of Sargent and what makes him stand out from his contemporaries at Discussion begins 02:04:20.

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was undoubtedly one of the greatest portrait painter of his generation. Acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, he was closely connected to many of the other leading artists, writers, actors and musicians of his time. This major exhibition of over seventy portraits spans Sargent's time in London, Paris and Boston as well as his travels in the Italian and English countryside.

Nicky Philipps Painting Course

Sign up for a three day workshop with Nicky Philipps at Picton Castle, Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire. Master class in the method of sight-size portrait drawing, as practised by John Singer Sargent.

Tuesday 23rd - Thursday 25th September, 2015
Limited space - maximum 24.

nicky philipps simon weston portrait unveiling

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

nicky philipps portrait by julian calder

Nicky Philipps photographed by Julian Calder
© Julian calder

nicky philipps portrait of hm the queen

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:


nicky philipps picton bowl still life auction

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:


nicky philipps still life

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 £19,500 + 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.