About Me

My name is Joseph Galvin. I’m a practising artist & portrait painter,from Wales in the UK. I’m available for portrait commissions throughout the year. I have exhibited on numerous occasions with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters(RP), the Pastel Society, and selected for exhibitions such as the Wales Portrait Award, and the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize.

Self Portrait, Oil on canvas

Self Portrait, Oil on canvas

In 2007 I was the recipient of the first Bulldog Portrait Bursary from the RP. In the same year I was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation grant, an international award for figurative artists.

About the Blog

I have published this blog to discuss my own practice as an artist & portrait painter, and to share ideas regarding contemporary figurative/representational painting, including education. I will also use this blog as a place to discuss painting & drawing in an historical context, as so much inspiration for my own painting comes from this wider tradition.

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Biography

  • Name: Joseph Galvin
  • Born: Wales, St Asaph 1976
  • Current location: Cardiff

Artistic Awards

  • The Bulldog Portrait Bursary for Excellence 2007, awarded by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
  • The De Laszlo Foundation Scholarship for Portraiture 2007
  • The Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Award 2007

Notable Art Commissions

  • 2013 – Portrait of Dr Stephen Winkley, Rossall School
  • 2012 – Double portrait commission, Private client
  • 2011 – Drawing commission Private client
  • 2011 – Portrait Mr John Phillips
  • 2010 – Portrait Dr Ceril Rhys
  • 2009 – Double portrait commission for Mr John Vigar
  • 2009 – Double portrait commission for Dr Martin Bevan
  • 2008 – Portrait of Mr Tom Stourton
  • 2008 – Portrait of Mrs Judith Stephenson
  • 2008 – Portrait of Mr Tim Wilbur, Head Master of Rossall School
  • 2008- Portrait of Dr Glyn Rhys
  • 2007 – Family Portrait, for Mr Paul Silk
  • 2005/6 – Double portrait commission for Gavin and Davina Hogg
  • 2003 – Portrait commission for Miss Jane Philips
  • 2002 – Portrait for Mr Barry Taylor
  • 1999 – Mural commission, private client. Kent
  • 1998 – Mural commission for Brecon Jazz Festival

Art Exhibitions

  • 2012 – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • 2012 – Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, Oriel Ynys Mon
  • 2012 – Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Oriel Awst
  • 2011 – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • 2010 – Self portraits , The big draw. Chapel Row Art Gallery, Bath
  • 2010 – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • 2010 – Oriel Pen Y Fan
  • 2009 – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • 2008 – Albany Gallery Summer Exhibition
  • 2008 – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries
  • 2007/2008 – Wales Portrait Award
  • 2007 – Self Portrait: The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Bulldog Trust
  • 2007 – Albany Gallery Christmas Show
  • 2007 – Art In Health. Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth
  • 2007 – Albany Gallery Exhibition
  • 2006 – Albany Gallery Exhibition
  • 2006 – Albany Gallery Exhibition
  • 2006 – Affordable Art Fair London
  • 2006 – Pastel Society, Mall Galleries
  • 2005 – Solo exhibition, Café Brava. Intimate Portraits
  • 2003 – Royal Society Of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries

Private Art Collections

  • The Bulldog Trust, 2 Temple Place, London

Media & television

  • 2006 – Artist in residence on Welsh Language Magazine program “Wedi 3”
  • 2007- Interviewed on BBC Radio Wales program “Good evening Wales” about my practice as an artist.
  • 2007 – Interview in my studio through the medium of Welsh about my Art Practice for “Wedi 3.”
  • 2007- Participated in joint interview on BBC Radio Wales with Rolf Harris, at the opening of the exhibition “Self-Portrait”, where I was presented with the Bulldog Portrait Bursary.

Publications

  • Self-portrait – The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, 2007
  • The Bulldog Portrait Bursary Report – Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition Catalogue, 2009

Education

  • 1997-2000 Kent Institute of Art & Design, BA(Hons) Fine Art (Took part in a 3 month Erasmus student exchange program in Belgium)
  • 1996-1997 Carmarthenshire College of Technology & Art, Foundation in Art & Design
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