Portal Painters Ltd.

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Gallery address :
  • 59 Overstone Road, London, W6 0AD, United Kingdom
Phone number :
  • 07801668237
Portal Painters has been exhibiting finely detailed figurative paintings by a unique group of artists for over fifty years. Their paintings are sometimes humorous, often surreal and always beautifully executed. The artists combine technical skill with imagination and though each painter has their own style and subject matter together under the Portal banner they form a coherent ‘school’ of painters. The work of Portal Painters has resolutely remained outside the fads and fashions of the art world. Portal Painters exhibits the work of some 25 artists, adding new painters from time to time. With the exception of Isabelle Rozot, who is from Paris, the other artists are UK based, several of them are Scottish : John Byrne, James McNaught, Whyn Lewis and Heather Nevay all studied at Glasgow School of Art, which has produced so many of Scotland’s finest painters. Portal started exhibiting paintings and objects by Kit Williams in the late 1960’s. He subsequently became famous worldwide after his book of paintings ‘Masquerade’ (1979) was published - each painting containing a clue to a buried treasure of a golden hare set with jewels, this remained buried for two years until it was finally found. Beryl Cook (1926 – 2008) was one of Portal’s most celebrated artists. She started painting in her forties and exhibited with Portal for her entire career, with eighteen exhibitions. This former seaside landlady with her colourful world of large ladies, male strippers, drag acts, bars and night clubs changed the way we look at the world – so we see ‘Beryl Cook moments’ daily. Cook’s paintings are in collections all over the world, including those of Jackie Collins and Yoko Ono. Three of Beryl Cook’s most important works were on show at Tate Britain in 2010 in their exhibition ‘Rude Britannia : British Comic Art’. Portal celebrated its fiftieth birthday in 2009 with ‘A Singular Vision’ (published by Prestel.) It is a fascinating and comprehensive survey of Portal Painters and their extraordinary talents. Portal Painters started life as Portal Gallery in 1959 in London’s Mayfair, at that time the gallery became well known for exhibiting the work of self-taught (naïve) painters of whom James Lloyd was the best known. Over the years the style of painting shown by Portal has changed with most of the artists having attended art schools yet subsequently developing their particular and often idiosyncratic style of painting and subject matter. Jess Wilder joined the gallery after studying for a degree in Art History at The University of East Anglia. She spent a year in Paris working at the Galerie de Seine and then ran the Portal Gallery for many years and continues with Portal Painters exhibiting at all the major London Art Fairs : The London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre, Islington in January. The AAF Battersea in March, Lapada Art and Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square in September.
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GALLERY IMAGES

Floregium
Lizzie Riches

Floregium

The Bad Girls House
Heather Nevay

The Bad Girls House

Oh Lucky Man
Neil Macpherson

Oh Lucky Man

Glimpse
Peter Layzell

Glimpse

Morning Light
Steve Easby

Morning Light

Siren
David Schofield

Siren

No Spring  'til Now
Lizzie Riches

No Spring 'til Now

Hypnosis
Irvine Peacock

Hypnosis

Ships Cat
Ben Unsworth

Ships Cat

Anemones
Joseph O Reilly

Anemones

Lunatic Boy
Heather Nevay

Lunatic Boy

The Race
David Schofield

The Race

The Visionary
Peter Layzell

The Visionary

Exhibiting Artists

  • Steve Easby
  • Louise Higgins
  • Peter Layzell
  • Whyn Lewis
  • Neil Macpherson
  • James McNaught
  • Heather Nevay
  • Joseph O Reilly
  • Irvine Peacock
  • Lizzie Riches
  • Isabelle Rozot
  • David Schofield
  • Ben Unsworth

ForthComing Events

  • We shall be exhibiting at the following Art Fairs in 2020

    The London Art Fair, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH 23 – 26 January 2020.

    The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park, London SW11 from March 12 – March 15 2020

    The Lapada Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1. September 17 - 23 September 2020