Skip to main content

About Andrew

Based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Andrew James is a highly sought after Artist, who has worked on many prestigious commissions of public figures. Wonderfully passionate, Andrew is renown for capturing incredible likeness and energy of his subjects through his sumptuously rigorous and painterly approach. You can discover more about Andrew at the NEAC (New English Art Club) and RP (Royal Society of Portrait Painter) websites.

Method of Working

I work from photographs, life and imagination: All are equal as the work’s outcome is all that matters. I add and subtract continuously until a richness of illusion and surface is achieved, as well as psychological depth.

Painting Technique

Using primarily oil paint, I work with broad, very direct, freely-applied gestural marks, through to finely modulated colour relationships. Seeking a wide spectrum of painterly qualities to bring likeness, life and an energised density, to every subject.


Choose your portrait size from our price guide

Sketches & Landscapes

From 10 x 12 inches | 25 x 30 cm | Pencil, Charcoal or Oil (for landscapes)

From £2,000

Small Portrait

16 x 20 inches | 41 x 51 cm | Oil on canvas


Medium Portrait

25 x 30 inches | 64 x 76 cm | Oil on canvas


Large Portrait

30 x 40 inches | 76 x 102 cm | Oil on canvas


Extra Large Portrait

40 x 60 inches | 102 x 152 cm | Oil on canvas


This is a rough fee-guide for a single portrait. Other sizes are available. Frame, travel, accommodation expenses are not included. A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to secure the commission.

Commission Your Portrait

And create a lasting legacy of your chosen subject
Your Name(Required)

Andrew James is one of the UK's leading portrait painters and it was an absolute privilege to be able to commission him. A joyful process from start to finish and delighted with the outcome.

James AshfordYorkshire, UK

The most compelling quality in Andrew’s craft is his unique and vital relationship to paint itself. This strongly sets him apart from so many of his peers. He has always understood what paint is and what it does. His marvellous handling of pigment has been hard won, with a great deal of his time and focus being spent at the canvas. Yet, it is this hypersensitivity to his medium as an organic thing in itself which distinguishes his painting.

Anthony Connolly PRP