Contemporary Artists

Portrait Artist Of The Past: July

July 02, 2021
Percy Shaw was truly a one-off. A creative individual, a problem-solver, and a determined Yorkshireman that kept going despite the naysayers. Let’s do him proud with a first-class portrait for July...
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Portrait Artist Of The Past: June

May 31, 2021
Over the past five months, there have been hundreds of entries into our portrait competition and it’s already become so much more than we thought possible. There’s a real sense of community develop...
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Portrait Artist Of The Past: May

May 03, 2021
Thank you to everyone that entered April’s competition to paint the composer, Samuel Coleridge Taylor. It’s always so enjoyable to look through the various interpretations and a privilege to be inv...
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Portrait Artist Of The Past: April

March 31, 2021
Firstly, thanks so much to all of you that entered last month’s competition to paint the Welsh artist, Gwen John (1876-1939). It was truly a celebration of the depth of feeling there is for this we...
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Portrait Artist Of The Past: March

March 02, 2021
This month, we've selected an evocative self-portrait of Gwen John (1876-1939) painted in 1902. John studied at The Slade School of Art where she was awarded a prize for figure composition. She pai...
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Portrait Artist Of The Past: February

February 01, 2021
For February, we’ve selected this exquisite portrait of the actor, John Philip Kemble (1757-1823), which was painted by Sir William Beechey in 1798. Kemble was born into a theatrical family and par...
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Five Paintings That Inspire... Jack Ford

January 13, 2021
Figurative painter, Jack Ford, creates portraits that capture more than simply a likeness alone. With fleshy skin tones, courageous lighting, and a gentle line - his figures come alive with a sense...
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Portrait Artist Of The Past: January

December 16, 2020
Enter our monthly competition to win £200 and see your work in our gallery here at Brave. Every month, we’re asking artists to create a version of a historic portrait in their own style. It should ...
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