Settle artist Sam Dalby has been elected as the newest member of the exclusive Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP).
Sam, who won the Ashley Jackson Award for Achievement in Art at last year’s Dalesman Awards, was hopeful of membership after his portrait of playwright Alan Bennett was selected to hang at the RP’s annual exhibition in May.
After the annual exhibition, the members attend the AGM, where they assess and then vote on the candidates.
“It was the fourth time I’d applied, but I was more hopeful this year, as my application was much stronger. Since I first had work accepted for the annual exhibition in 2010, my work has had to improve drastically, the possibility of RP membership has provided me with real impetus,” Sam said.
“It’s a society with a small and exclusive membership, fewer than fifty members. This makes it a very difficult society to gain entry to, but has meant that the RP still retains its prestige.”
Founded in 1891,The Royal Society of Portrait Painters is an organisation that aims to promote the practice of and further excellence in painted portraiture. Early members included John Everett Millais and James McNeil Whistler.