The Show Goes On: A Theatre of Portraits by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

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The Show Goes On: A Theatre of Portraits by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

At The Watts Gallery, Guildford from January 11 to February 23, 2020.

David Cobley RPNEAC, Ken Dodd Gouache study.

A large number of celebrities are featured in this exhibition. Sammy Davis Jnr., painted by June Mendoza, rubs shoulders with comedian Ken Dodd, depicted by David Cobley (see right). Jane Bond has painted the playwright John Osborne and Sue Ryder has portrayed actress Tilda Swinton. Andrew Festing’s portrait of actress Celia Imrie is of special interest as she hails from Guildford. John Wonnacott has painted actor Oliver Ford Davies, John Hague’s portrait of actor David Morrissey and Toby Wiggins’s portrait of author Ronald Blythe are also on show. There is a drawing by the President of the RP, Richard Foster, of the screenwriter Lord Fellowes. Melissa Scott-Miller’s portrait of Suzannah Hamilton, the great-granddaughter of William Orpen, whose paintings are exhibited in a separate show in the Gallery, is bound to attract interest.

This show features actors, comedians, musicians, dancers, models, playwrights and burlesque artistes by current members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

The President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Richard Foster, says 'The Society are delighted to be showing at Watts Gallery at the same time as Sir William Orpen, one of our Past Presidents.

'The Society provides a forum for a wide selection of painters and painting, and enables both painters and the public to see what is going on at any one time and to compare and evaluate the work, hopefully with an open mind!'

Find more details on the Watts Gallery website by clicking here.

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