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Portfolio for Lucy Willis - Commissionaportrait

Lucy Willis studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford where she received a rigorous academic training which included drawing from life and the antique as well as studies of anatomy. After leaving the Ruskin she set up her own workshop in Greece teaching etching and drawing to students attending the Aegean School of Fine Art. The artist then returned to England and began to devote more of her energies to watercolour. She won the 1992 BP Portrait Award for an oil painting inspired by her time as artist in residence at Shepton Mallet Prison. Much of her work is inspired by her travels to India, Africa and Greece.
Birth date   1954
Education   Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford
Awards   1981 - Bockingford International Watercolour Award  
1992 - First Prize, BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
Selected Commissions   Mrs John Cleese  
The Earl and Countess of Longford, for the NPG  
William Trevor, Novelist  
Lawrence Isaacson, London Restauranteur  
Wilfred Thesiger, Arabist and Writer  
Mr and Mrs Nigel Forbes Adam  
Claire Harrison, Cellist
Group Exhibitions   1985 - Francis Kyle Gallery, London, Summer Exhibition  
1985-1999 - 3D Gallery, Bristol, Mixed Exhibitions  
1986 - Royal Academy, London, Summer Exhibition  
1986-1994 - Bankside Gallery, Royal Watercolour Society Open  
1987 - Barbican Art Gallery. London, Rank Xerox Print Exhibition  
1987-1998 - Royal West of England Academy, Autumn Exhibition  
1988-1994 - Mall Galleries, London, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers  
1988-1998 - Mall Galleries, London, Singer and Freidlander Exhibition  
1992 - Chris Beetles Gallery, London, Happy Families Exhibition  
1992 - Royal Portrait Gallery, London, BP Portrait Award  
1995 - Treasures from the NPG, Touring Exhibition in Japan  
1997 - Mall Galleries, London, Discerning Eye Exhibition
Solo Exhibitions   1979 - Langton Gallery, London, Paintings and Prints  
1981 - Langton Gallery, London, Painting and Prints  
1982 - La Bourne Gallery, Cher, France, Etchings  
1983 - Langton Gallery, London, Painting and Prints  
1985 - Rooksmoor Gallery, Bath, Garden Watercolours  
1986-90 - Chris Beetles Gallery, London  
1991 - Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, Somerset, Paintings and Prints  
1991 - Chris Beetles Gallery, London, Paintings of India  
1992 - Chris Beetles Gallery, London, Paintings of Oman  
1993 - Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, Illustrations and Etchings  
1994 - Patchings Art Center, Nottingham, Paintings and Prints  
1994 - Strode College, Street, Somerset, Prison Portraits  
1994 - Chris Beetles Gallery, London, Paintings and Prints  
1995 - Milner Gallery, RWA, Bristol, Paintings and Prints  
1995 - University Art Gallery, Keele, Prints  
1996 - Chris Beetles Gallery, London, Paintings and Prints  
1997 - County Museum, Taunton, Somerset, Paintings and Prints  
1998 - Herstercombe House, Somerset, Paintings and Prints  
1998 - Black Swan Guild Gallery, Frome, 20 years of Printmaking  
2000 - Curwen Gallery, London
Artist's Statement   “I believe that the first priority in portraiture is to capture a likeness of the sitter. Only once this is achieved can I enjoy the challenge of making an exciting picture.”

Statement      “I work quickly and expect to complete a half-length portrait in approximately four sittings of three hours, allowing extra time if necessary. (For busy people and those who prefer short sittings I will require less time) I spend the first hour or two discussing and arranging the pose and then work directly onto the canvas or paper. I try to create a relaxed atmosphere, allowing for conversation so that the resulting portrait is reasonably animated. Although the commission does not come framed, I am happy to offer advise on the matter.”


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 3500    $5000
Half LengthFrom £ 5000 $7500
3/4 LengthFrom £ 7000 $10000
Full LengthFrom £ 8000 $12000
Double PortraitFrom £ 7000 $10000
Group PortraitFrom £ 9000 $13000
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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Press Quotes
“It is perhaps her form, her manner rather than her content that holds the attention and stays in the memory. The luminous colour is laid down with such assured rapidity and freshness of touch that you empathise with the process.”  
— Edward Phelps, Arts Review, July 1991.