The process

Sittings can take place at the artist’s studio, the client’s home or at any other venue to suit the client.

The process of making a portrait always begins with a discussion. Consideration is given to all the elements that the picture might eventually contain. The outcome is always a collaboration in some degree.

I prefer to work entirely from life but I do realise that the sitter may not always be able to make the necessary commitment. Consequently, I am prepared to make use of photographic reference together with actual sittings. In this scenario a substantial part of the painting can be completed in my studio. Sittings would be scheduled at different stages of the process and to suit the client.

Once the proposal has been agreed a timetable will be set. During the initial sitting I would typically make some sketches in oil or pencil to refine the proposal. If working just from life I would normally need about twenty-five hours (ten sittings) to complete a half-length painting in oils. A drawing will normally require between five and eight hours (two or three sittings).

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Head and Shoulders Three Quarter Full length

Pencil

£1,200

 

£1,600

 

£2,300

Coloured Drawing

£1,800

 

£2,100

 

£3,200


Oil

£3,400

 

£5,200

 

£9,000

Etching

£2300  - includes the original pencil drawing and an edition of 10 prints. Larger editions can be ordered at £45 per additional print.

 

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Drawings normally require three or four sittings. If working entirely from life, paintings will usually require at least ten sessions. Sittings can take place at the artist’s studio or at any other venue to suit the client.

Terms

A non-refundable deposit of 35% is payable when the commission is agreed. The balance is due on completion.

Contact

Click here to email: Anthony Connolly

or phone 07979 855294

AWARDS

2014 The AXA Award for Drawing,  RHA Dublin
2012 The Prince of Wales Award for Portrait Drawing
2009 The Changing Faces Prize
2004 The Prince of Wales Award for Portrait Drawing


EXHIBITIONS

“Anthony Connolly’s Beatrice (is) the most tender and searching of the head portraits.” John McEwen - reviewing the BP portrait exhibition in the Sunday Telegraph

“These people are not staring at us through a block of ice: they are there with us even if they aren’t looking at us: they exude warmth and humanity. Anthony Connolly has brought out the chaos and order of his sitter’s character for the viewer to see.” Rose Eva - Wiltshire Life

2014
Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
Family Familiar, Winchester

2013
Broken Meats, King’s College, Cambridge
Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
Royal Hibernian Academy
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
WVAT
Hackwood Festival
NEAC

2012
Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
Royal Hibernian Academy
Prince of Wales’ Prize for Portrait Drawing
Lynn Painter Stainers Exhibition

2011
Royal Society Of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
Royal Hibernian Academy
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Editions Picard ‘Drawings and Portraits’ - Paris

2010
Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries

2009
Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
Changing Faces Prize
Elected Member of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters
Group Exhibition, Guggleton Gallery