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

Nicky Philipps self 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.

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.