Portrait painting

You would like a distinctive portrait painting, a portrait painting of enduring worth?

This page and its hyperlinks introduce a few of the portraits painted by the artist Gordon Frickers.

Last Night
Last Night


I like painting portraits although I don’t look for portrait commission, I will paint portraits if asked.


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Many of my portraits are miniature, details in sea and landscapes !

This has much truth in it as for example my “Port of Chester 1863” has 38 figures all about that size in it (seven horses, four swans and a dog peeing on a bollard).

More seriously, there is nothing so impressive in a home or office as a personalised competent portrait painting.


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"Making Up"
“Making Up”

Painted from a series of photographs I shot while visiting the island of Crete.


Dr. Karen Evans
Dr. Karen Evans

Karen’s portrait was painted in my studio in one long session with intermissions.


I really should make more time for life sized portraits they are such fun to make and fascinating to see after.

Sarah, as she sat in my studio.


Female nude figure drawn from life
Female figure drawn from life

However, working from photographs is inevitable.

The photographic portrait method goes back a long way, at least as far as Canaletto who used a “camera obscura”, a primitive yet effective camera.

Today we can do better than that by working from a selection of portrait photographs.

I prefer to shoot my own photographs of my subject however often this is not possible..



Above, a portrait from a supplied photograph.



David Hockney wrote an interesting paper on how Dutch artists used the camera obscura for portraits and still life subjects.

Painting portraits is requires special skills not unlike the skills require for ships and boats.

A portrait, which may of may not show the sitters in their environment, be it person or ship is either ‘right’ or rubbish, there is no half way.


Sauveterre, cafe des Arcardes
Sauveterre, cafe des Arcardes

‘Cafe Culture’,

Painted having visited the location.

All professional painters must have at least most of these skills.



Mermaids in Mermaids Pool, Kynance Cove, Cornwall
Mermaids in Mermaids Pool, Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Fortunately I trained (Medway College of Art, photography for fashion, advertising and the press) and worked as a assistant, later as a photographer.

With 30 + years experience painting I can work with confidence from photographs with out making the numerous mistakes usually made by people who copy photographs.


Gordon Frickers self portrait, May 1966
Gordon Frickers self portrait, May 1966

This sketch was made in May 1966 using mirrors, a self portrait I found with notes from my college days.

The notes and sketches with  intimate thoughts of a lad yet to discover his destiny and fate.


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Gordon Frickers art signature
This Gordon Frickers art signature is on all my more recent paintings.
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