Nicola Jane Philipps (Nicky)
With artistic parents, maternal grandmother, paternal grandfather and sister plus the in-house influence of the Graham Sutherland Gallery once located at their Welsh family home, it was perhaps inevitable that Nicky would enjoy a successful career as an artist. She trained at the Cecil-Graves Atelier in Florence, returning to London in 1988, where she has since built up an extremely successful portrait practice. Nicky's double portrait of TRH's Princes William and Harry, was unveiled to great acclaim at the National Portrait Gallery, London on January 6th 2010.
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.
In 2005 Nicky was one of two portrait painters whose paintings were chosen to hang at the BP Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and the Garrick Milne Exhibition at Christies. In March 2011 she was invited to give a talk on her career as a portrait painter at Highgrove, Gloucestershire, by kind permission of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Selected Commissions and Collections
- 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".
We are delighted to announce that Nicky's portrait of Princes William and Harry, commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery, unveiled on 6th January 2010, is now 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
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
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