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NHS Portrait Series

I have recently finished a free NHS Portrait Series, highlighting the diligent and attentive work from NHS staff during the pandemic. Each portrait in the series takes anywhere from 50 to over 200 hours to complete, and consists of thousands of dots in a pointillism style. 

The portrait series is currently being exhibited at my solo show, Gobaith/Hope, an exhibition in Singleton Hospital from 16th of March 2022 debuting the full collection of portraits.

Consisting of thousands of dots, this A3 portrait took over 200 hours to complete in a pointillism style with no outlines. The portrait is of Charlotte, who was nominated by Laura as part of my NHS Portrait Series. Charlotte is a critical care ODP working at Northampton General Hospital.

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This is the second portrait in my NHS Portrait series and is slightly smaller than the previous portrait. This A4 portrait was drawn using a 0.05 fineliner in a pointillism style, taking over 50 hours to complete.

The portrait is of David, who was nominated by a friend and colleague for being one of the most hardworking registrars. David is a Respiratory and Intensive Care registrar in London.

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This A3 portrait took over 100 hours to complete in a pointillism style with no outlines.  The portrait is of Lettisha Howells, a nursery nurse in Singleton Hospital, Swansea, the third portrait in my NHS Portrait Series. Having worked for the NHS for 20 years, Lettisha is a nursery nurse working between neonates and postnatal and has previously worked on paediatrics and paediatric palliative care.

NHS Portrait Series: Image
NHS Portrait Series: Image

Looking for a unique gift for a loved one?

Starting from the smallest size, a A5 portrait (14.85 x 21 cm) will cost £150 for a 1 person or pet subject. To get a more accurate price, please get in touch with a detailed description of what you have in mind including the size, number of subjects (people or pets) and what kind of background you would like!

If you’re ordering for a gift or special occasion, please get in touch and try to book as early as possible to get on the waiting list so we can make sure that you receive your portrait in a timely manner. 

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Dave NHS Portrait by AJ Illustration

This is the fourth portrait in my NHS Portrait Series, consisting of layers upon layers of dots, taking over 100 hours to complete. The portrait is of the late David E Laws, a consultant paediatric and ophthalmologist at Singleton Hospital. David was nominated by Angela as a wonderful tribute to his wife. Dave cared for and operated on thousands of premature babies during his career and was adored by the patients, parents and staff. As I was born premature myself at Singleton hospital and for several months I was in the care of many doctors and nurses of the NHS, this was a lovely project to work on.

NHS Portrait Series: Welcome

This is the fifth portrait in my NHS Portrait Series, consisting of layers upon layers of dots, taking over 100 hours to complete. The portrait is of a healthcare assistant who works in Morriston Hospital who would prefer to remain anonymous.

Anonymous NHS Portrait by AJ Illustration
NHS Portrait Series: Welcome
Leona Yip Portrait by AJ Illustration

This is the sixth portrait in my NHS portrait series. This is Leona Yip, a community dentist who works with patients with challenging medical conditions, learning difficulties, mental and physical disability, special dental conditions and social and behavioral limitation.

NHS Portrait Series: Welcome

Want your own custom piece of art?

Each portrait comes with a certificate of authenticity and has the option to be framed or can be wrapped flat if you’d like to frame it yourself.

Limited edition prints are available on request, which make the perfect sentimental gifts for family members or close loved ones to share the unique piece of art for a fraction of the cost. 

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This is the seventh portrait in my NHS portrait series. This is Prashanth Venugopal, a registered nurse who moved from India and worked on the COVID ward of Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital for 13 months during the peak of the first and second wave. This portrait took over 200 hours to complete, consisting of thousands of dots, layers upon layers.

NHS Portrait Series: Image
NHS Portrait Series: Image
Ria Clarke by AJ Illustration

This portrait is of Ria Clarke, a brilliant obstetrician and gynaecologist based in England. This is the eighth portrait in my NHS portrait series, taking hundreds of hours to complete, building layers upon layers.

NHS Portrait Series: Welcome

The ninth and final portrait in my NHS Portrait Series is of Morfa. Morfa started Volunteering with the WRVS shop in 2002 at Morriston Hospital before moving over to the Health Board Volunteer Service in 2014.

She volunteers on the front desk at the main entrance to the hospital, welcoming individuals as they arrive. Morfa enjoys her volunteering role listening to people who share their problems and directing people to where they need to be. As always, taking over 200 hours to complete, this portrait consists of thousands of dots to add depth and texture to the piece.

Morfa by AJ Illustration
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A few of the nominees with their copies of their portraits! It's been so lovely to see the participants so happy with the project.

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Want to get involved?

If you would like to be involved in my next series of works, please subscribe and follow me on social media to be the first to see any open calls and upcoming sales!

I will be starting a new series of artwork in the upcoming months and I will be looking for subjects to draw that fit the theme so please keep an eye out for my next open call via social media or mailing list.

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The portrait series has been featured on various blogs and outlets. To name a few, my portrait of Charlotte has been printed in Obscurum magazine and the first issue of King House Art Magazine.

Both my portraits of David and Charlotte have exhibited at the Hearth Gallery in Cardiff.

My portrait of David has been exhibited online as part of the Digital Art and Illustration Print It Exhibition at the Aire Place Studios in Leeds with the physical exhibition TBD due to Covid-19.

The portrait series will be shown at my first solo show, Unsung Heroes, at the Plaza Exhibition Space in Cardiff from the 29th of June - 8th of August at the University Hospital of Llandough.

At the exhibition, I was interviewed by ITV Wales about my nhs portrait series. To see the interview, click here

This series was featured at my first solo show, Unsung Heroes, at the Plaza Exhibition Space at University Hospital Llandough from 29th June – 8th August 2021.

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Watch the ITV News interview below!

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Exhibitions include - 

Winter Exhibition 2020 - Oriel Yr Aelwyd / Hearth Gallery

Mixed Exhibition - 20th September 2021 - Aire Space Studios

Unsung Heroes 2021 - Oriel Yr Aelwyd / Hearth Gallery

Ray of Hope 2021 - Swansea MAD

Frontline Portraits 2022 - Art Gallery Portraiture

Gobaith / Hope -2022 - Singleton Hospital

To see more photographs and information about each exhibition head over to 'Exhibitions' or 'Press' to see each publication. 

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