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MAY 2021

New work by Jamie Coreth

Yasmina Zanasi in Mary Katrantzou’s “Alchemy dress” by Jamie Coreth

Fine Art Commissions is honoured to have on display a stunning new work by Jamie Coreth: Yasmina Zanasi in Mary Katrantzou’s ‘Alchemy dress’ (2021)

As a long-term admirer of the designs of the London-based Greek fashion designer, Jamie was thrilled to have access to this incredible garment from the Spring Summer 2020 collection, stating:

Mary’s creations often remind me of one of my favourite artists, Gustav Klimt: the complexity in the designs of the dresses marrying with the elegance and beauty in the postures of the subjects. I have often found that, when painting portraits, clothing has a very important part to play in expressing someone’s personality and the excellence of Mary’s work shines through my traditional approach to painting.

Referencing also the style of John Singer Sargent, who would frequently emphasise the importance of clothing to inform the essential design elements within his work, Jamie has created a powerful full-length portrait effectively using the paint to add to the textures of the fabric and highlighting the satin and metallic lace as well as the stunning sequins and bugle beads.

This monumental work was painted in the months following his success at the 2020 BP Portrait Award, where he was awarded the prestigious Visitor’s Choice Award for Portrait of Fatima (also currently on display at Fine Art Commissions). More details on his successes at the BP can be read below (May 2020).

The scale and detail of the present work once again highlights Jamie Coreth’s immense talent as an artist and his ability to consistently capture the spirit of his subjects as well as managing to balance a grand, traditional technique with a modern vision, while always producing a stunning realism.

Dad Sculpting Me by Jamie Coreth
Broken Bodies by Jamie Coreth
Portrait of Fatima

NOVEMBER 2020

Fine Art Commissions' New Zoom Events have been Featured on Tatler.com

Tatler magazine zoom article

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JULY 2020

Jamie Coreth:
National Portrait Gallery Award

Jamie Coreth National Portrait Gallery Award

Making the most of family time during lockdown, Jamie Coreth has produced this wonderful photograph at his home in Wiltshire.

As part of a competition, run by the National Portrait Gallery and inspired by Cecil Beaton’s photography, contestants were asked for portraits inspired by the following themes: costume and masquerade; fashion; props, performance and self-portraiture.

Out of over 1,000 entries, we are delighted to announce that Jamie’s photograph was chosen as the winner of the 25 and over category, with the judge Tim Walker (contemporary photographer) stating:

It’s very difficult to do group pictures well. Beaton was so good at it because he photographed people who naturally gathered together. His friends. Nothing was forced. The group in Jamie Coreth’s picture have that ease of a family of friends and reminds me of the importance of kinship when photographing a group.

Alongside his painting “Portrait of Fatima”, Jamie Coreth has really been the star of the National Portrait Gallery.

MAY 2020

Jamie Coreth and the BP Portrait Award

Last month Jamie Coreth’s striking Portrait of Fatima was selected, from thousands of entries, to be included in the BP Portrait Award exhibition.

Fatima by Jamie Coreth

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the exhibition was solely online this year, but the work proved to be very popular by both the public and the National Portrait Gallery curators – being used as the image on the website’s home page, on the front of Face to Face (the exclusive publication for Gallery supporters) and, most impressively, as the cover for the exhibition catalogue.

Fatima by Jamie Coreth on the cover of Face to Face
Fatima by Jamie Coreth

This is not the first time a work by Jamie Coreth has been selected for the BP Portrait Award. In 2018, his monumental portrait Broken Bodies was exhibited to much acclaim. It portrays the artist’s friend Mark Jackson, a sculptor who was formerly a soldier in the Parachute Regiment and elite Pathfinder platoon. Mark sustained a severe injury, whilst parachuting, which smashed his hips and broke his legs. This accident ended his time in the army leading to his decision to concentrate on his career as a sculptor.

Broken Bodies by Jamie Coreth

Of the painting, Coreth said:

Jacko casts his shadow over an old clay figurative sculptures behind him, which was originally of an archer. It had since been cast and the original had its limbs removed. I noticed whilst there that the clay was cracked across the hips and across the heart, so I thought it apposite to cast his shadow over the leg that was most injured. In the shadow (cast by my canvas whilst working under spotlight) I’ve suggested a sculpture of Cain and Abel (a story Jacko finds very moving as it represents the origins of conflict).

Dad Sculpting Me by Jamie Coreth

Two years previously, Jamie made his debut at the BP Award with his work Dad Sculpting Me. The portrait has a wonderful symmetry as it depicts Jamie’s father, the renowned sculptor Mark Coreth, in the process of sculpting Jamie, whilst Jamie is painting him. The portrait was painted from life in Mark’s studio over the course of a month. Of the project Jamie stated:

My father has influenced me greatly in my work and given that it is a relatively strange thing for a sculptor to raise a painter, I thought it could be an interesting father–son project to make portraits of one another at the same time.

The judges of the BP portrait award felt that they:

…were drawn to the timeless quality of the painting and its treatment of a father and son relationship through art

They had no hesitation in awarding him the Young Artist Award, 2016.

Jamie Coreth and Dad

Jamie Coreth continues to paint private commissions and is proving to be a very popular and highly regarded portrait artist. For enquires, please contact Sam Parker Bowles (sam@fineartcommissions.com )

JANUARY 2020

Stage & Screen Exhibition Private View

Stage & Screen Exhibition Private View

28th January 2020 saw the opening evening for our Stage & Screen exhibition, Fine Art Commissions’ first exhibition dedicated to the world of theatre and film, featuring a number of wonderful portraits of members from the acting community including Alan Rickman, Cate Blanchett, Richard E Grant, Kelsey Grammer, Imelda Stanton and Alice Eve. Click here to learn more.

Exhibition dates: 28th January - 28th February 2020

JANUARY 2020

Fine Art Commissions Featured in Vanity Fair

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Fine Art Commissions are thrilled to be included in this great article in Vanity Fair all about future of contemporary portraiture and the importance of ateliers.

JUNE 2019

Jamie Coreth Paints Sir David Stirling for White's

Jamie Coreth painting for White's

Lieutenant Colonel Sir David Stirling DSO OBE, by Jamie Coreth, 46 x 35½ ins, oil on linen

JUNE 2019

Kelsey Grammer

Nicky Philipps portrait of Kelsey Grammer

Nicky Philipps’s latest portrait is of actor Kelsey Grammer who is currently starring in the West End production of ‘Man of La Mancha’. Nicky depicts Mr Grammer whilst he recites his lines, within a remarkable 7 ½ ft x 4 ½ ft canvas.

JUNE 2019

Private View of our Summer Exhibition

Private view of our Summer Exhibition

4th June 2019 saw the opening evening for our summer exhibition. For six weeks we will be exhibiting a selection of unseen portraits, showcasing Europe’s leading contemporary portrait artists. During the exhibition we will also be holding live events to celebrate portraiture. Click here to learn more.

Exhibition dates: 5th June–17th July 2019

MAY 2019

Nicky Philipps, Melbourne

Nicky was delighted to be sent this image of her portrait of TRH’s Princes William and Harry featured on a motorway bridge near Melbourne. She was particularly thrilled as her grandmother, Rose Osborne, was born and brought up at Currandooley near Bungendore, New South Wales. Nicky spent nine happy months with her Australian cousins in 1985. Artistically she was inspired by Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts.

APRIL 2019

New Portrait of HRH Prince of Wales Unveiled

Gareth Reid was recently commissioned by the Historic Royal Palaces charity as part of the major refurbishment of Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.

Yesterday, HRH The Prince of Wales unveiled his new portrait in the State Drawing Room.

Gareth had two sittings with His Royal Highness and the portrait took 10 months to complete.

DECEMBER 2018

Jamie Coreth featured in Berry Bros & Rudd magazine

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Jamie Coreth featured in the latest edition of the Berry Bros & Rudd magazine, following unveiling of Simon Berry’s retirement portrait, completed by Jamie in September 2018.

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NOVEMBER 2018

Nicky Philipps paints Her Majesty the Queen for third time

New portrait goes on display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Nicky Philipps portrait of HM The Queen

This month, Nicky Philipps’s latest portrait of HM The Queen has gone on display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty’s official royal residence in Scotland.

Nicky Philipps was commissioned through Fine Art Commissions to paint HM The Queen Elizabeth II for a third time, earlier this year, by The Royal Collection for Her Majesty’s official royal residence in Scotland. Reference material gathered from previous sittings with The Queen was used.

This portrait, in oil, shows The Queen wearing the ceremonial robes of the Order of the Thistle, offset against a dramatic background which features the Salisbury Crags, a series of cliffs in Holyrood Park. The background was chosen by Nicky after a visit to Holyrood at dusk. The Order of the Thistle is the highest order of chivalry in Scotland and Her Majesty is Sovereign of the Order.

NOVEMBER 2018

As Featured in Country Life, 14th November 2018

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For more information on portrait artist Nicky Philipps, as featured in Country Life above, please click here.

OCTOBER 2018

Fine Art Commissions is heading to Olympia!

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Come and see us at Stand 79 from Monday 29th October until Sunday 5th November 2018 where we will have a wonderful selection of portraits and sculpture by our artists, on display.

Please email emily@fineartcommissions.com if you would like to be sent complimentary tickets to the Private View on Monday 29th October or for general tickets for the week.

OCTOBER 2018

Jamie Coreth’s portrait of Simon Berry is unveiled at Berry Bros & Rudd

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In true Berry Bros & Rudd form, Fine Art Commissions was treated to a wonderful and delicious evening at Berry Bros HQ for the unveiling of Simon Berry’s portrait by Jamie Coreth. The portrait sees Mr Berry painted at work, in front of one of the building’s beautiful antique fireplaces, to commemorate his work and achievement, as he steps down as Chairman after 40 years at the company.

OCTOBER 2018

Tim Scott Bolton exhibition Launch

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Tim’s exhibition "Highlands to the Himalayas" opened on the 10th October with a brilliant private view and much praise for his beautiful collection of landscape paintings from his travels, both in the Far East and in the highlands of Scotland. Exhibition runs until October 24th 2018. A full list of the works can be seen here.

SEPTEMBER 2018

Rosalie Watkins:
Portrait of Sultan of Malaysia unveiled

Worcester College Magazine

After being commissioned by Worcester College, Oxford, to paint HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah, Rosalie saw her brilliant portrait unveiled earlier in 2018 by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. This piece, taken from Worcester College Magazine, features Rosalie talking to the College about the portrait process.

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28TH JULY 2018

Nicky Philipps's Original Sketches for Portrait of Princes on Show for First Time

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Nicky Philipps’s oil sketches of TRH Prince William and Prince Harry have been exhibited publicly for the first time at Buckingham Palace to celebrate HRH The Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday. The sketches are part of Prince Charles’ private collection and were painted by Nicky in preparation for her portrait of the two princes in 2009, which now hangs at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition opened on 21st July 2018 and runs to 30th September 2018.

9TH MAY 2018

Jamie Coreth

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We are delighted for Jamie Coreth whose incredible portrait of a sculptor and friend of his, Jacko, entitled ‘Broken Bodies’ has been selected for the BP Portrait Award show at the National Portrait Gallery this summer. The painting will be on display from 14th June 2018 until 23rd September 2018.

6TH DECEMBER 2017

Nicky Philipps

Country Life

Nicky Philipps in Country Life

Nicky Philipps exhibition featured as an Unmissable Event in this week’s issue of Country Life.

JULY 2017

Nicky Philipps

The London Magazine: By Royal Appointment

Nicky Philipps in The London Magazine

The July issue of The London Magazine, features a brilliant interview with Nicky Philipps.

30TH JUNE 2017

Fresh Paint Exhibition: Wales

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Fine Art Commissions is heading to Wales for the month of July for “Fresh Paint”, a selling exhibition and painting competition held at Picton Castle, the family home to Nicky Philipps.

The winning paintings and additional works, chosen by Sara Stewart, will be exhibited at our St. James’s gallery between 3rd and 18th August 2017.

For more information regarding the works for sale please see:
http://www.artclasseswales.com/fresh-paint-exhibition.html

Address
Picton Castle Studios, Blaen-Nor, Henllan Amgoed, SA34 OSE.
The gallery will be open daily between 10am and 5pm.

Enquiries
London:  Lulu 020 7839 2792
Wales:  Elaine 01994 448 600

Nicky Philipps at Picton Castle

31ST MARCH 2017

Rosalie Watkins

The Telegraph

Rosalie Watkins portrait

Delighted to see Rosalie Watkins's portrait of Professor Aditi Lahiri in the Daily Telegraph today. Rosalie's comments on the portrait:

It is always special to have a small window in to someone's life for the period of painting them, and it was a real privilege to spend time with Aditi, and see her world.

I visited her a few times before deciding on a composition, and in the end went for something quite simple and stripped back, with just the graphic marks running through the background to reference the structural nature of her subject, linguistics.

She has spent time in various academic institutions worldwide, and it seems that her dedication and love for her subject defines her more than the locations that her work takes her to, so that also tied in with an unspecific background. The painting is oil on canvas, and 100 x 90 cm.