Project Description

Peter Davis

Category: Artist

About Peter Davis

I am a social realist painter.

Unlike my painting for #portraitsfornhsheroes, the majority of my figurative compositions focus on someone absorbed in their personal technology – whilst their bodies are physically present their minds are elsewhere. Personal technology is blurring our physical and digital worlds and making us fundamentally rethink what it means to be human. I like my paintings to feel technically beautiful. There is an intentional dichotomy between my technology-centric images and my traditional painting process.

I am a member of the Contemporary British Portrait Painters (CBPP), an elected council member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA) and have won numerous professional painting prizes. In 2017 and 2019 I was shortlisted by Artists & Illustrators Magazine for Artist of the Year.

I am currently taking on portrait commissions and I have written a ‘Guide to Commissioning a Portrait’ which, if you contact me, I would be happy to send you for free.



Twitter: @peterdavis_art

Instagram: @peterdavis_art

Portraits for NHS Heroes

Subject: Steph Hedge, Staff nurse. St James’s University Hospital, Leeds

Original Artwork: 46cm x 36cm, acrylic on canvas board

Quote from the Subject:

“I am a newly qualified nurse and love my job, but the past few months have
been really tough. The #portraitsfornhsheroes project is such a lovely thing and
it’s so kind of all the artists that have got involved. Peter’s portrait of me is
absolutely amazing, I LOVE it!”
Steph Hedge


2020 Castlegate Prize – Castlegate House Gallery, Cumbria
2018    Zeitgeist – Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
2017    Contemporary Portraiture – The Space at Cass Art, Manchester
2020    CBPP ‘Perceptions’ – The Space at Cass Art, Islington
2020    Virtually Real – Norman Rea Gallery, York
2019    Warrington Contemporary – Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
2019    MAFA Autumn Exhibition – Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
2019    RBSA Portrait Prize – ​RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
2019    Spotlight – ​Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
2019    PS Mirabel Painting Prize – PS Mirabel gallery, Manchester
2019    GM Arts Prize – ​Bolton Museum & Art Gallery
2019    RBSA Prize Exhibition – RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
2019    A&I Magazine ‘Artists of the Year’ – Mall Galleries, London
2018    ING Discerning Eye – ​Mall Galleries, London
2018    Being allowed to look – ​Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
2018    Aesthetica Art Prize – York Art Gallery
2018    GM Arts Prize – ​Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
2018    RBSA Prize Exhibition – RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
2017    MAFA Small Works Exhibition – Portico Library, Manchester
2017    Warrington Contemporary – Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
2017    A&I Magazine ‘Artists of the Year’ – ​Mall Galleries, London
2016    Warrington Contemporary – Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
2020    Castlegate Prize – Finalist
2019    A&I Magazine ‘Artists of the Year’ – Finalist
2018    Aesthetica Art Prize – Shortlisted
2018    GM Arts Prize – Runner Up Prize
2018    RBSA Prize Exhibition – Third Prize
2017    Warrington Contemporary – People’s Choice Prize