Barbara Hosking – Book Launch ‘Exceeding My Brief’

Barbara Hosking’s autobiography ‘Exceeding My Brief – Memoirs of a Disobedient Civil Servant’ was launched at the Reform Club last month.

The back cover features Hero Johnson’s portrait of Hosking.

The book is available through Bite Back publishing:

And is reviewed by the New Statesman here:

The BP Portrait Award – Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The BP Portrait Award 2017 will be showing at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery from the 16th of December 2017 to the 11th of March 2018.

Admission free.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen St

Open daily 10am-5pm

Face to Face 2017 – Works by BP Portrait Award Artists


This exhibition brings together the works of artists exhibiting in the BP Portrait Award 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery, London. An insight into their practice beyond the Award, this show celebrates portraiture and figurative painting in its many forms.
The Cass Art Space, 66-67 Colebrooke Row, Islington N1 8AB
23 August – 10 September 2017
Admission is free
Opening times: 
Private View Thursday 31 August 6pm-8pm
Monday – Wednesday 10am- 7pm
Thursdays 10am-8pm
Friday – Saturday 10am-7pm
Sundays 12am-6pm
Please note, on occasion the space may be closed temporarily for art workshops and classes.

Daphne Todd OBE Interview

Q: Are there other contemporary painters you admire?

Daphne Todd: Most of my original living heroes, such as William Coldstream, Francis Bacon, Patrick George and Euan Uglow are now dead. Paula Rego is, of course, very good indeed. I cannot think of anyone to touch her. Saied Dai, Antony Williams, Hero Johnson and Ben Sullivan are younger artists who I think have exceptional talent.

Q: What’s the most important lesson you have learned?

Daphne Todd: To just keep on. There will be ups and downs, rejections and accolades. I have known artists invited to be judges because of their eminence fail to have work accepted when they later submit to the same competition. They keep on. Sadly I have also known good, even excellent, artists give up at the first setback, harbour a grudge and avoid risk of failure, denying themselves the opportunity of success. Luck plays a huge part. If you paint for your satisfaction, you have the joy of doing it and solving problems.

Excerpt from Artists & Illustrators magazine Summer 2017. Interview by Sally Hales.


Michael Bond CBE

In loving memory of Michael Bond.

January 1926 – June 2017.

I loved Michael’s books as a child and it was a privilege to know and paint this wonderful man as an adult.


Hilary Delamere, Hero Johnson, Michael Bond, Sue Bond and Karen Jankel.

‘The Art of Reading’ Waterstones Gower St London.

November 2016.

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Private View 2017

Some photographs from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition Private View, 3rd May 2017.

Taken by Alex Cotterill, Liberty Rowley, Daniel Shadbolt, Guy Bell and Katherine Tyrrell.

Exhibited portraits are of Michael Bond CBE and Paulina Pluta.


BP Portrait Award 2017

National Portrait Gallery, London
22 June – 24 September

Showing ‘Tabitha Moses with Gilda. Liverpool’