Nicky Philipps, Portrait Painter, Represented by Fine Art Commissions, St. James's, London

Nicky Philipps at the Open Art Fair

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Nicky Philipps at the Open Art Fair
Nicky Philipps portrait of TRH’s Princes William and Harry near Melbourne Nicky Philipps portrait of TRH’s Princes William and Harry in Bendigo

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.

Nicky Philipps paints Her Majesty the Queen for third time

New portrait goes on display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

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HM The Queen portrait

As featured in Country Life,
14th November 2018

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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.

nicky philipps portrait of princes william and harry

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Prince Harry
Nicky Philipps, oil on canvas, 2009
© National Portrait Gallery, London


Ann Barbier Mueller portrait


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.