Mark Entwisle Portraits

British portrait painter


Major competitions
and awards

NatWest Art Prize

Shortlisted 1987

Hunting Art Prize

Regional prize winner 1998

Discerning Eye Competition

1998/99 and 2001

Laing Art Prize


Hunting Art Prize


R A Summer show


BP Portrait Award

2000/2001/2002 commended

Threadneedle Art Prize


Lynn Painters and
Stainers Prize



Solo Exhibitions

Beaux Arts

1990/92 and 1998

Long and Ryle



I was born in Amman, Jordan in 1961. My father flew jet planes for the Royal Airforce and was stationed there. When I was six, we moved back to England and I was sent to boarding school. Luckily art was encouraged and appreciated there as it was always the thing that defined me. I would draw like other people would read (years later I found I was dyslexic!).

In 1980, I enrolled for foundation at CCAT Cambridge. I thought I’d gone to heaven, even the address was ‘Paradise St’. We just did art, every day. I specialised in printmaking, and went on to do a degree in illustration at Brighton.

I graduated in 1984 and got my first commission from Penguin Books. Mostly book covers (Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Aldous Huxley and P.G. Wodehouse), theatre posters for the National Theatre and record covers. I worked as an illustrator for 15 years, but I was also doing my own paintings and began showing them at Beaux Arts, Bath and Long and Ryle, London. Then in 1999, I had my first portrait accepted into the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. Another was accepted the following year and I was commended in 2002. This lead to my first portrait commission, and I have been working as a portrait painter since then. Recently I have been teaching part time at the National Portrait Gallery.

I have also had work exhibited at the RA Summer Show, Hunting Art Prize, NatWest Art Prize, Laing Art Prize, Royal Society of Watercolours, The discerning Eye, The Threadneedle Prize and The Lynn Painters and Stainers Prize.