Mark Fennell


Mark Fennell is a professional portrait painter who works to commission from his home studio in the hilltop village of Brill in Buckinghamshire.

He works predominantly in oils and his notable sitters include Antony Worrall Thompson, John Hood (Lord Mayor of Birmingham) and singer/songwriter John Otway. His work has been selected for exhibitions with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Royal Society of British Artists at The Mall Galleries London.

Mark was elected Member of the RBSA in 2007. He is also a member of Buckinghamshire Art Society and was elected to be a member at Oxford Art Society in 2018.

As well as portraiture, Mark also enjoys the challenge of painting outdoors and working at speed to capture the fleeting effects of light over landscape. He was awarded The Winsor & Newton Painting Prize for his self-portrait: ‘The Diagnosis’ at The Royal Society of British Artists annual exhibition 2020.

He was elected for The Artist and Leisure Painter competition as well as the Patchings Festival Open Art Exhibition in 2014 and 2018. Fennell was awarded The Artists and Illustrators Artist of the Year West Design Prize and the people’s choice award 2012 for his portrait of WW2 veteran Len Nixey.

His self-portrait was shortlisted out of nearly 10,000 entries for the Daily Mail’s ‘Not the Turner Prize’ and exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London in 2005. He featured on ITV’s ‘A Brush with Fame’ in 2005 and a portrait of Antony Worrall Thompson was chosen as his favourite.