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Portfolio for Graeme Willson - Commissionaportrait

Graeme Wilson is a leading contemporary portrait painter with an impressive record of commissions. Distinguished sitters include Sir John Harvey-Jones, Lord Chelmer and Sir William Taylor. His work was part of the ‘New Look in English Portraiture’ exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and in 1983 he won the Royal Academy Award for Painting.
Birth date   1951
Education   Reading University Department of Fine Art  
Chelsea College of Art, London  
Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, University of York
Awards   1977 - First prize Art in to Landscape Competition  
1978 - Arts Council Award  
1983 - Royal Academy Award for Painting  
1984 - Greater London Arts Association Award  
1988 - Chippendale Award for Painting  
1992 - RSA Award for Collaboration  
1994 - Leeds Award for Architecture
Selected Commissions   Three Altarpiece Paintings for York Minster  
Ceiling of St Cuthbert’s Chapel, York Minster  
Provident Finance Group, Bradford  
Sir John Harvey-Jones  
Sir William Taylor  
Forbes Collection, New York  
New Mosaic for York Minster  
Private Chapel, Windsor Castle  
Holroyd Family  
Colonel Weare
Group Exhibitions   1997 - Serpentine Gallery, London  
1980 - National Portrait Gallery, London  
1981 - Cartwright Hall, Bradford  
1982 - Civic Art Gallery, Harrogate  
1983 - Leeds Art Fair - annually  
1984 - Francis Kyle Gallery, London  
1985 - Levitt Bernstein, London  
1986 - Leeds Art Gallery  
1987 - St Pauls Gallery, Leeds  
1990 - Bluestone Gallery, California  
1991 - Neville Gallery, London  
1992 - London Contemporary Art Society  
1995 - Harewood House
Solo Exhibitions   1976 - Sloane Street Gallery, London  
1980 - Cartwright Hall, Bradford  
1981 - St Pauls Gallery, Leeds  
1982 - Arcade Gallery, Harrogate  
1983 - Hawksworth Gallery, Ilkley  
1986 - Dean Clough Contemporary Art, Hallifax  
1987 - Hawksworth Gallery, Ilkley  
1988 - Smith’s Gallery, Covent Garden  
1989 - RIBA. Gallery, London  
1989 - University of Bradford Gallery  
1990 - University of Leeds Gallery  
1992 - Bloomsbury Gallery, London  
1996 - Assembly Rooms, York  
1998 - Manor House Gallery, Ilkley
Artist's Statement   “The primary function of portrait painting is, of course, to obtain a likeness. It is very easy to underestimate the importance of the secondary function: that it be a good painting. This may be an obvious thing to say, but it is actually possible to have a good likeness that is a deadly dull picture, and a poor likeness that is nevertheless an excellent painting.”

Statement      “Approximately four to seven sittings and all prices include framing. My wife Polly often sits in and chats to sitter.”


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From £ 600    $900
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 2000    $3000
Half LengthFrom £ 3000 $4500
3/4 LengthFrom £ 4000 $6000
Full LengthFrom £ 5000 $7500
Double PortraitFrom £ 5000 $7500
Group PortraitFrom £ 10000 $15000
(price per square foot)
From £ 70 $140
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
“Willson’s masterful pictures combine precisely executed representational portraits embedded in abstract forms to convey a vivid sense of the creativity… For me Willson’s approach is irresistible.”  
— Stephen Biscoe, Yorkshire Post, 2000.