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Posted by Derren Brown February 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm

From the 24th February until the 12th March, your infrequent blogger has an exhibition of his more recent portraits at the Hossack Gallery, 28 Charlotte St, London. It’ll be a small show – perhaps six or so large pieces, for sale if you wish and general perusalment. An online gallery of my paintings – mainly the earlier caricatures – is viewable online at, where prints are for sale if you are considering a gift for a least loved relative.

For those of you who are talented and attractive enough to follow me upon the Twitter, you may have seen I’ve been tweeting a work-in-progress of my father in real time as it comes together. The plan is to include this and one of my mother, as well as some of the recent ones I have posted on this here blog.

Some of you do enquire very kindly about buying originals. I sell the originals through the Hossack Gallery and I’m sure they’d be delighted to take any enquiries. They are big though (the ones above are each five feet high), so you’ve got to REALLY want one in your room.

Any enquiries about the art show, please call the gallery on +44 (0) 20 7255 2828.

Thanking you kindly.

February 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm
Annette M says:

I am SO going to that!

February 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm
Surzy says:

Excellent – this corresponds beautifully with our visit to London ๐Ÿ˜€

Surzy x

February 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm
Marti McKenna says:

Amazing work. Dame Judi is gorgeous! Love the one of your Dad, too. How many lives do you lead, anyway?

February 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm
ian walsh says:

Hi Derren
What fantastic portraits, i can’t imagine how difficult it would have been to be so accurate on such a huge scale. Brilliant.
What medium was used here?

February 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I really liked the one of your dad, It was amazing lol. I can’t paint to save myself. But that’s ok coz i can trace stuff Haha. But these two are equally as awesome.

February 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Superb! I’m your biggest fan. (Not in a creepy obsessive way)

February 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm
Yvonne McCoy says:

I really appreciate the step by step photo’s that you have been posting. I learned myself to paint and will always learn, I guess I am very critical of my work but I could study your paintings for ages! Love the detail. I have never tried a painting that size though! Bravo! x

February 1, 2011 at 10:22 pm
Ryan says:

Brilliant, I look forward to seeing them.

See you there?


February 1, 2011 at 10:22 pm
Bex says:

Paintings truly worthy of an art gallery. Good luck Derren, your brownies are very excited about this one ๐Ÿ˜€ xxx

February 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm
Grace says:

I am in Scotland. The show is in London. This is a problem ๐Ÿ™

February 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm
Sasha Owen says:

Wowza! These are absolutely gorgeous, fantastic, beautiful, incredible, extraordinary, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

February 1, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Aww wow I’d love to go and see your portraits on display, especially as the 5th March is my birthday. Not sure it’s possible for me though. Shall have to imagine just how wonderful they are close up instead.

The tweets you posted of the in-progress portrait of your Dad were really fascinating. Am so impressed with the way you build up the portrait. Colours, tones, etc. Is fantastic to see it all come together.
I really could have done with a teacher like you when I took GCSE art at school. I didn’t learn a single thing there, not one. You are a quite superb artist, Derren. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

I’m sure you couldn’t have prouder parents.

Take care

LC x

February 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm
sM3e says:

Ere Derren, any chance you know any mind tricks that’ll get me painting masterpieces like yours? They’re phenomenal!!

February 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm
Grant says:

Unbelieveable , great man with great talent!

Keep it up derren!

February 1, 2011 at 11:19 pm
Paul Vine says:

Visiting London that weekend and would so love to see these pictures in the ‘flesh’ They look stunning! Will most definitely do my best to get along to the gallery. Keep up the marvellous work.

February 2, 2011 at 12:06 am
Abby says:

How captivating are you… magic is not really a thing I understand but this so beautiful. I wish I could paint.

February 2, 2011 at 12:06 am
whodat says:

out of curiosity, when was that b&w Orson Welles portrait featured on the art site painted?

February 2, 2011 at 12:18 am
claire watt says:

I’m extremely impressed but so unfair that 1 man can be so talented….

February 2, 2011 at 12:22 am
roz says:

arent ya gonna do yer bro? ๐Ÿ™

February 2, 2011 at 1:05 am
kate666 says:

So Mr Brown is this a gallery that anyone can go to or will they keep out the rif raf wearing jeans!? Amazing paintings, but I guess you know that already! When you come to Oxford be sure to venture out of the city as the best pubs and hotels are in the country

February 2, 2011 at 1:05 am
Elly says:

Really looing forward to the exhibition ๐Ÿ˜›

February 2, 2011 at 1:59 am
Rob says:

Derren, I am doing my best to help make your name known in America, at least among my high minded friends. I have your non portrait books, many of your DVDs and am fast becoming intrigued by you artwork as well. Very nice work!

February 2, 2011 at 3:42 am
whodat says:

erm, guess i should have looked a lil closer and answered my own q, appears to indicate 2002 by the signature. oops.

February 2, 2011 at 9:58 am
George says:

Woohoo! I follow on Twitter and therefore am considered talented and attractive! In your face Mum!

Love your art. Hate that you cant bottle the talent and sell it.

I bet it would smell like Parrot. ๐Ÿ™‚

February 2, 2011 at 11:16 am
zoe says:

bah… london is like one whole country away! ever thought about takin them 2 edinburgh? that’s close enough for me, ill travel anywhere… well, in scotland… to see u! or ur paintings! preferably u! probably wont see u so ill settle for the paintings! well, not really!

February 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm
Suzi Anderson says:

I always loved ur shows, but really didnt know much about you. I have left a comment about my strange dream last nite, but just to say I didnt know u were an artist. I was totally amazed at how gr8 your work is. Gr8 doesnt cut it really its just brilliant, unique, a characature yet a portrait, never seen anything like it , you have yet another fan. Your Judy Dench is well, so Judy Dench, but doesn’t exaggerate her good points its real yet has a cartoon like quality. Have u considered or have you done a Helen Mirren, that would just be amazing as well as they both although totally unalike have the sort of faces that show a lifetime of hardwork and incedibleness. I could look at ur art always and would love them all round my flat!!!

February 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm
Rose says:

Sounds amazing!
I have two questions…
Are you going to be there at all on exhibition dates, and how much are tickets to go?

February 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm
Jenny says:

WOW Wooooooow! Iร‚ยดd love too see how your parents look like in your eyes. Iร‚ยดm going to London (from Stockholm) next weekend. Is the gallery open? Can’t wait.

February 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm
Heidi says:

I’ve been following the lovely pics on twitter of your portrait of your dad. It’s wonderful! So glad it is being included in your latest exhibition ๐Ÿ™‚

February 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm
Jenny says:

And, Sasha; ” … supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” is a great word!!

February 3, 2011 at 7:34 am
jennie says:

i didnt know you could paint! these are insane! I love them! exclamation mark! x

February 3, 2011 at 9:41 am
Ryan says:

I presume further details will appear on the Rebbecca Hossack Gallery website.

February 4, 2011 at 12:09 am
kzk says:

I wish I could go to the art gallery but it’s some distance I’m unable to go.
I wonder if Derren has painted his own portrait? If he has I’d like to buy it
an original as big size as possible. I’d like to hang it beside John Everett Millais,
Edward John Poynter, Albert Moore and Leonardo da Vinci.
Please let me know.

Best wishes,


Msg from Abeo: Hi, You can find prints of Derren’s most recent self portrait here:
Please contact the gallery for details on originals.

February 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm
India says:

Hello! I have never seen anything you have done before but whilst researching into a question for my AS level psychology homework your site came up, your artwork strikes me, it’s very unique and you’ve captured the dimensionality of the subject to precision! Beautifully drawn and painted, both works of art. I am doing AS level art too, and both you’re incomparable talents really interest me. You are incredibly talented and Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขll try my best to read you’re books and take a visit to your exhibition!

February 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I’ll be there. Derren, you’re an incredible artist but then you knew that already.

February 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm
lisa c says:

This is amazing, i mean really just beautiful! I can’t believe just how life-like and accurate your paintings are! wow just perfect, too bad i can’t make it

February 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Christine says:

Can’t wait to see these brilliant paintings ‘in the flesh’.

February 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm
Maxine Bellamy says:

Dear Derren

So you have done your Mum in as well, and it has only taken you a week,have you ever thought of yourself as a sserial killer? Seriously, your paintings have given them a kind of immortality. Maxine

February 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm
Rachel Scott says:

Aaaaah so annoyed! I’m going to London next week and will leave on the 19th! So raging I’ll miss the chance to see it!! =[

February 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm
Peter says:

Hi, just spotted your work on twitter and had to call over to say “nice work!”
Love the details in your paintings and wonderful character.

…Ha, I just realised you’re THAT Derren Brown. Too much talent for one person!

March 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm

When I looked your work the other day I was experiencing the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen in my life and certain things like your in your pictures were actual events off what happened in my life that day I swear! Anyway I can’t explain it. Oh yes excellent work derren, maybe this is also annother 1 off your ways off doing the things you do! (Wink wink)

March 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Great painting Derren, I was thumbing through a copy of your book at the weekend and they are very impressive!


Lenny Deverill-West

April 27, 2011 at 2:01 am
Iain says:

Absolutely awesome.