Artist Alexander Newley announces ‘Portraits in Character' exhibition at St Martin-in-the-Fields,

A solo exhibition featuring portraits of Sir Kenneth Branagh and actors from the plays at The Garrick Season.

Artist Alexander Newley is delighted to announce his solo exhibition ‘Portraits in Character – supporting St Martin-in-the-Fields’, in the Crypt of St Martin’s, Trafalgar Square from 7th to 21st November. The exhibition is to run in partnership with St Martin-in-the-Fields, a fitting location for the exhibition, with its proximity to the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery, and will mark Newley’s return to the London art world after several years in New York.

In Spring 2017 the paintings and drawings featured in ‘Portraits in Character – supporting St Martin- in-the-Fields’, will be auctioned to benefit the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields, including their outreach with homeless people. For more information about this auction in support of St Martin-in-the-Fields please contact

Newley collaborated with Kenneth Branagh to create a unique series of portraits of several of the leading cast from the Plays at the Garrick season, which comes to a close this November. Alexander Newley spent time with the cast over a period of one year, capturing the actors in character backstage after performances. The result is a series of drawings and paintings capturing the aura of some of the UK’s most celebrated actors; Dame Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Adrian Lester, Derek Jacobi, Richard Madden and Lily James.

The exhibition has been previewed by ArtRabbit, ArtSlant, Artweek, Artitute and Artlyst:‘portraits-character-supporting

  Photograph courtesy of Dame Judi Dench/ Copyright Alexander Newley

Photograph courtesy of Dame Judi Dench/ Copyright Alexander Newley