Portrait Commissions

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Penny Mountbatten represents the Australian-born artist, Ralph Heimans, who was the only artist chosen to paint an Official portrait of The Queen in Her Diamond Jubilee Year. 

The work received international acclaim when it was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia in 2012, drawing record numbers of visitors. It was then acquired by Westminster Abbey for its permanent collection, where it formed the centre-piece of their 2013 exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. In 2014 Ralph was awarded an Order of Australia for services to portraiture.

Ralph Heimans' large-scale portraits are renowned for their innovative compositions which offer engaging narratives about his subjects and their life stories. The technical approach he uses pays homage to the 17th Century masters of chiaroscuro, exploiting exquisite effects of light in order that they appear to illuminate the inner world of his subjects.

Heimans' works are held in some of the world's most prestigious public institutions including Westminster Abbey, The Royal Collection, The National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark and the European Court in Luxembourg. 

Penny is honoured to represent Ralph. To find out more about the man himself, his works or to enquire about a commission, please visit www.ralphheimans.com.

Notable examples of his work include:

· The Coronation Theatre; Portrait of HM The Queen, Westminster Abbey, London - above

· HM The Queen Study for The Coronation Theatre; Westminster Abbey, London

· HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark - above

· TRH The Earl & Countess of Wessex; Private Collection

· The Hon John Howard;  Royal Collection, London

· HRH Princess Mary of Denmark; Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

· Justice Michael Kirby; The National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Canberra

· Dame Quentin Bryce; Parliament House, Canberra

· Vladimir Ashkenazy; Exhibited at the Sydney Opera House, Australia

· Dame Elisabeth Murdoch; Chalk & Charcoal Drawing - Private collection of Matthew Freud, London - above

· Mr Colin Thompson; Chalk & Charcoal Drawing - Private Collection - above