Nicky Philipps

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Nicky Philipps

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Nicky Philipps

Nicky Philipps portrait of the Princes
Nicky Philipps portrait of Kelsey Grammer

Nicky Philipps in Her Studio

Watch Nicky Philipps on BBC’s Fake or Fortune – with Fiona Bruce, Philip Mould, and Bendor Grosvenor

About Nicky Philipps

Nicky Philipps grew up within an artistic family. Her mother has exhibited her still lifes and flower paintings numerous times in galleries in Mayfair and St James’s, her sister was an accomplished water-colourist and her father was also a "good amateur" artist. With this creative background and the influence of the Graham Sutherland Gallery, which was then located at her family home in Pembrokeshire, it was perhaps inevitable that Nicky would become such a prolific artist.

After leaving school, she trained at the City & Guilds of London Art School for two years before moving to the Cecil-Graves Studio in Florence, where she learnt the importance of the sight size method, before she returned to London in the late 1980s, as the call of the collection of The National Gallery and the Tate were too strong. It was back in the UK in the early 1990s where she commenced her immensely successful career as a portraitist.

Inspired by the great portrait artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, primarily Sir John Lavery, Sir Oswald Birley, Philip de László, Sir William Orpen and John Singer Sargent, Philipps soon decided that she wanted to create a truth in her work as well as producing portraits that would bring a sense of joy to those who saw them and a strong sense of likeness by those who sit for them.

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 TRH Princes William and Harry was unveiled to great acclaim at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

In 2013 Nicky was approached by Royal Mail to paint a portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II for the first-class stamp series celebrating the 60th anniversary of her Coronation, the first time Royal Mail had commissioned a painting. The full-length portrait depicts HM The Queen in her robes of the Order of the Garter, surrounded by her four dogs. 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 and is now on display as part of the Royal Collection in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.

In March 2014 Nicky’s portrait of Falklands hero Simon Weston OBE was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The portrait was commissioned by the NPG and the BBC for their joint project the ‘People’s Portrait’, which gave the public the chance to vote for the person they believed most deserving of a portrait hanging in the NPG. The BBC documented the portrait from the initial meeting of Nicky and Simon, through each ‘sitting’, to the unveiling of the portrait at the NPG by presenters Fiona Bruce and Dan Snow. The one-hour programme was featured on BBC 1 on Sunday 13th April.

Between her portrait commissions, Nicky has had many successful Still Life and Landscape exhibitions. All 70 paintings were sold during the first week of her solo exhibition in Cork Street, and again at her 2015 exhibition at Fine Art Commissions. Her paintings can be found in public and private collections worldwide.


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

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

Nicky Philipps
© Nicky Philipps and The Royal Company of Archers

Nicky Philipps
© Nicky Philipps and Royal Mail Group

Selected Commissions

Nicky Philipps

Nicky Philipps

Nicky Philipps

Selected Exhibitions

2020 Solo: The summer show, Fine Art Commissions, London, UK
2020 Group: Open Art Fair, Chelsea, London, UK
2020 Group: Stage & Screen, Fine Art Commissions, London, UK
2019 Group: Summer Portraiture Exhibition, Fine Art Commissions, London, UK
2017 Solo: Fine Art Commissions, London, UK
2015 Solo: Fine Art Commissions, London, UK
2015 Group: Contemporary Masters, Fine Art Commissions, London, UK
2013 Solo: Fine Art Commissions, London, UK
& 2011
Group: artLondon, London, UK
2008 Group: Arndean Gallery, London, UK
2008 Solo: Palm Beach Art Fair, Florida, USA
2007 Solo: Arndean Gallery, London, UK
2005 Group: BP Portrait Awards, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
2005 Group: The Garrick Milne Exhibition, Christies, London, UK
2003 Group: Family Exhibition, Arndean Gallery, London, UK
2001, 2002 Group: FAC Annual Portrait Exhibition, London, UK
2001 Solo: Arndean Gallery, London, UK
2000 – 2004 Group: Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair, London, UK

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If you would like to commission Nicky or would like to be sent a Portfolio of her Recent Commissions along with a Price List please e-mail or call the Gallery on 020 7839 2792

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Nicky Philipps portrait of Ann Barbier Mueller

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.