Oliver Bedeman is a figurative painter based in Oxfordshire, whose work shifts between familial and imagined portraiture. Oliver has exhibited regularly in prestigious painting competitions including the BP Portrait award, Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, the Threadneedle Prize, and won the Lady Rothermere award for his work at the Royal Drawing School.

Alongside his painting practice, Oliver also teaches on the Royal Drawing School's Young Artists programme at the Ashmolean in Oxford. Details can be found here

Current and Upcoming

POSTPONED - Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the solo exhibition at Ruhr Objekt 2, Essen, Germany has been postponed until further notice.

Education and Residencies

2008-09 Artist-in-Residence, Royal Drawing School

2007-08 Postgraduate Drawing Year, Royal Drawing School

2004-07 B.A (Hons) Fine Art Painting, University of Brighton


2019        The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Shortlisted, Mall Galleries, London

2018        The BP Portrait Award, Shortlisted, National Portrait Gallery, London

2018        The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Shortlisted, Mall Galleries, London

2016        The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Shortlisted, Mall Galleries, London

2008       Lady Rothermere Award, Royal Drawing School

2007       Harry Walker Memorial Young Artists Award, Bath Society of Artists

2005/6   Nationwide Mercury Art Prize, London

Solo Exhibitions

09/2019   Oliver Bedeman, 10 Gresham Street, London

01/2018    Face to Face, Black Swan Arts, Frome

09/2017   Song of a Stranger, The Fine Art Society, London

03/2016   Nature Boy, The Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich

11/2012      Half Portrait of a Thin Man, Hollywood Road Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

11/2019        Small is Beautiful XXXVII, Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London

03/2019     Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London

01/2019      Gallery Artists, Browse and Darby Group Exhibition, Cork Street, London

12/2018       Christmas Group Exhibition, Browse and Darby, Cork Street, London

06/2018     BP Portrait Award, The National Portrait Gallery, London

07/2018     Summer Salon, Group Exhibition, Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich

02/2018     The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

07/2016     Selected works from the Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

02/2016     The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

05/2015     Summer Exhibition, Arcane Gallery, London  

11/2014       Royal Announcement Exhibition, Royal Drawing School, London

03/2014     DAKS Winter Range, Somerset House, London

06/2014     What is the point?, Adam Street Gallery, The Strand, London

09/2009    Six of the Prince’s, curated by William Fever, Menier Gallery, London

07/2009     Doorway to Dignity, Charity Exhibition, Bath

10/2008     The Drawing Year, End of Year Exhibition, Royal Drawing School

07/2008     HRH Prince of Wales Trustee Exhibition, Windsor Castle, Windsor

06/2007     Misguided Souls, Mercer Street Film Studios, London

06/2007     The Burt Brill and Cardens Degree Show, University of Brighton

03/2007     Lovely Lovely, The Grey Area, Queen Street Brighton

03/2006     You May Experience Pain(t), University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton

06/2006     Nationwide Mercury Art Exhibition, The Hospital, Covent Garden

06/2005     Nationwide Mercury Art Exhibition, Air Gallery, Dover Street


The Royal Collection

University of Chichester - Golder - Thompson Donation

Raveningham Hall, Norfolk

Somerleyton Hall, Suffolk


The Fine Art Society

Royal Drawing School

 © 2019 Oliver Bedeman. All images remain under copyright of the artist

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