Rupert Alexander

1996 QEST Austin Reed Group PLC Scholar - Portrait Painting

Rupert is one of the UK’s foremost portrait painters. In 1996 a QEST Austin Reed Group PLC Scholarship funded a year’s study at the renowned Florence Academy of Art.  After this first year of study he was invited to teach at both the Florence Academy of Art and Charles Cecil Studios, and through this he funding a further four years’ training in figurative painting. 

Rupert has created portraits of many prominent figures in Britain, and when, at the age of 23, he painted HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales for the Royal Warrant Holders Association, he became the youngest artist to paint the British Royal Family since the 18th Century.

His portrait of Sir Andrew Wiles, the UK’s most eminent mathematician, is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery and other works hang in public and private collections worldwide.

Alexander’s work, in its elegant simplicity, conveyed through restrained tones and harmonies, evokes a very striking yet intimate immediacy of the sitter, revealing a nuanced insight into the individual human psyche. The cool, expertly handled brush he wields creates a wonderful antidote to the brash, bellowing world which at present seems to surround us.

William Newton – writer & critic