(Supplied)Work by a local Rondebosch artist Ashley Bestbier, (painting under her name Ogilvy), has been selected from over 1,000 entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading portrait artists. Her portrait in oil is of a local Cape Town resident ‘Dirkie’ , painted in a stairwell over several sessions at the Night Shelter, Salt River, Cape Town.
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters hold an annual open submission exhibition in central London each year.
Ashley Ogilvy, “Dirkie, Night Shelter”
Graced by portraits of royalty, celebrities, academics, mothers, daughters, fathers and sons, the exhibition is a feature of the social calendar.
This year about half of the work will be by eminent Members of the Society and half by emerging artists selected through the open submission.
With some 200 portraits on show this is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of recent portraits in the country with a special section on self-portraiture.
This year’s exhibition will be on display at Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square between 16 April to 1 May 2015
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters have many prizes and awards available to exhibitors, including the £10,000 Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture and the £3,000 de Laszlo Foundation Award.
Open: 16 April to 1 May 2015, 10am to 5pm. Open until 7pm on Tuesdays.
Closed all day Sunday 26 April.
Admission £3, Concessions £2.50 (Free to Friends of the Mall Galleries, Art Fu