Nick Bashall

I think Sara’s concept for her gallery as a one stop shop for portraiture is really good. She represents a wide range of both emerging and established portrait artists and a correspondingly broad variety of styles. It’s a privilege to be one of their company.

Nick Bashall

I think Sara’s concept for her gallery as a one stop shop for portraiture is really good. She represents a wide range of both emerging and established portrait artists and a correspondingly broad variety of styles. It’s a privilege to be one of their company.

Nick Bashall

The Process Behind the Portrait: Nick Bashall Painting Jemima

Nick Bashall sketch
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We had one session and I was driven by the need to put down in one go the things that struck me about Sara and to stick to that impression of her personality without being side tracked by detail.

Nick Bashall

Nick Bashall portrait of Piers Pratt

About Nick Bashall

Born in England but raised in Zimbabwe, Nick studied law at Cambridge University where he earned a Blue in boxing. After several years as a practising lawyer, he recognised his talent as a portraitist and moved to Majorca, where he spent five years studying under the Spanish artist Joaquín Torrents Lladó, focussing on perfecting figurative art and how to study and connect with the sitter.

In July 1999, Nick was in Pristina, Kosovo, to paint the landing of The First Parachute Battalion in Pristina. Following this, at General Jackson's request, he was commissioned to paint a group portrait of the NATO, UN and Kosovan Liberation Army command groups. Together the pictures required a total of seventy-five individual portraits, some full length and all painted directly from life.

In February 2002, Nick was flown by the RAF into Kabul, the first and only foreign artist then allowed into Afghanistan. Over two months there he painted several canvases on the crowded streets of Kabul under the armed protection of the Parachute and Ghurkha Regiments. The paintings were the subject of an article in The Telegraph and were exhibited at the Arndean Gallery, London. In early 2004 he spent a month in Basra where he worked on two military commissions, later the focus of an article in Country Life.

In 2017, Nick was approached by Greenwich Hospital for a portrait for The Royal Navy. The commission was to be a painting depicting Kate Nesbitt MC, the first female member of the Royal Navy to have been awarded the Military Cross. The medal was presented to her for her extraordinary act of bravery in 2009, when she ran to the aid of a soldier from 1st Bn The Rifles who had been shot in the neck during a gun battle with the Taliban in Helmand. The portrait captures this poignant moment in time which now hangs at the naval base in Cornwall and will serve to inspire new recruits.

Nick he has quite rightly earned a reputation as a prolific portrait painter. His many commissions include: Kate Nesbit MC, HRH Princess Anne for both The Household Cavalry and for the Royal Corps of Signals, Bill Powers President of the University of Texas, Josh Leakey VC, HRH Princess Michael of Kent and the former head of the British army General Sir Michael Jackson.

His charcoal drawings of children are as much loved and treasured as his larger oils of adults.

Nick Bashall painting the headmaster at Cheam

Selected Commissions and Collections


Nick Bashall

Nick Bashall

Nick Bashall

If you would like to commission Nick or would like to be sent a Portfolio of his Recent Commissions along with a Price List please e-mail sam@fineartcommissions.com or call the Gallery on 020 7839 2792.

Nick is also available for lessons, painting demonstrations and events, for prices and availability please use the above contact information.