Heimans Ralph, the new portraitist of HM the Queen

London, 19 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).

Heimans Ralph, an Australian artist known for his portraits of the high society, has recently moved to London for the work of a lifetime: a portrait session with the Queen.

Born in Sydney in 1970, Heimans Ralph studied the Beaux Arts and mathematics first at the Sidney University and at the Julian Ashton Art School later. At the end of the Nineties, he established himself as one of the best Australian portraitists with three of his works exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia : a portrait of Tom Uren, a portrait of professor Derek Freeman and the portrait titled “Radical Restraint: Portrait of Justice Kirby”, considered the most popular of the Gallery.

In 2006, he received the official commission for the portrait of the princess heiress Mary of Denmark, which was unveiled in occasion of a great exhibition on his work at the Frederiksborg Castle. The work was acclaimed by the critics for having “pushed the limits of traditional royal portrait further”.

Based in London at present, some of his most recent works include the portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, a series of painting of the former Australian Premier Minister Paul Keating, together with a chain of private commissions obtained through the Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong. But it is certainly his next job as portrait painter of HM Queen Elizabeth II, commissioned in occasion of the Jubilee, the one who will crown him the new portraitist of royal families.