Nicola Jane Philipps (Nicky)
Growing up within an artistic family and with the influence of the Graham Sutherland Gallery, then located at her family home, Picton Castle 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.
Last year she was approached by Royal Mail to paint a portrait of H M The Queen for one of the Coronation Jubilee stamps, the first time the organisation had commissioned a painting. They graciously allowed Nicky to paint slightly more than a standard head and shoulders portrait. 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 to hang as part of the Royal Collection.
In between portrait commissions, she has had six extremely well received Still Life and Landscape exhibitions. The entire collection (seventy paintings) from her last solo exhibition in Cork Street was sold in the first week.
Selected Commissions and Collections
- Royal Mail Group (Her Majesty The Queen)
- HRH The Prince of Wales (The Duchess of Cambridge)
- Eton College, Windsor (TRH's Princes William and Harry)
- The National Portrait Gallery, London (TRH's Princes William and Harry)
- The American Embassy, London (The Honorable Louis B Susman)
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland (The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland)
- Mrs David Fountain, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Dame Amelia Fawcett, London
- US Court of Appeals for The First Circuit, Boston, USA (Judge Michael Boudin)
- Mr Hugh Bonneville, Sussex
- Mr Ken Follett, Hertfordshire
- The Baltic Exchange (Mr Peter Kerr Dineen)
- Lady Clifford, Devon
- Mrs Fabrizia Pignatelli Fiamma, London
- Mrs Nigel Norman, Oxon
- Mr James Townshend, Dorset
- Mr James Hudleston
- J O Hambro, London (Mr Richard Hambro)
- Cazenove and Co, London (Mr Mark Loveday)
- EMI Classics, London (Mr Richard Lyttleton)
- Mr Lennox Hannay, Gloucestershire
- Mr Robin Fleming, Gloucestershire
- The Worshipful Company of Grocers (Lord George, ex Governor, The Bank of England)
- Mr Eric Speeckaert, Brussels
- Mr Philip Elletson, Wiltshire
- Lord Richardson, London
- Mr Herman Valentiner, London
- Mr Jamie Cayzer-Colvin
- Upper Latymer School (Professor Richard Perham)
- The Kennel Club (Mr Irving)
- Four Solo Exhibitions, Arndean Gallery, Cork Street
- National Portrait Gallery, BP Exhibition
- Garrick Milne Exhibition, Christie's
- Family Exhibition, Arndean Gallery, Cork Street
- FAC Annual Portrait Exhibition, Arndean Gallery
- 'artLondon' Contemporary art Fair, London
- Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair
- Malcolm Innes Gallery, St James's
- Malcolm Innes Gallery, Walton Street
Please note this artist is sometimes referred to as "Nicky Philipps", and also (erroneously) "Nicky Phillips".
Nicky's portrait of Princes William and Harry, commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery, London, is on display in the Gallery's permanent collection.
HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry
by Nicola ('Nicky') Philipps, 2010
Copyright National Portrait Gallery, London
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
Nicky Philipps paints portraits and still lifes which can be compared with those of John Singer Sargent in their freshness of application and clarity of drawing.
Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures
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
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
Further press articles can be viewed here
Nicky's response to question of Prince William's full head of hair