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Posted by Derren Brown December 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I’ve been spending a bit of time in my painting studio. I thought I might update you. Twitter followers will have seen a shot of me painting the pianist James Rhodes. Here we are:



And here’s a better shot of the painting itself:


They’re acrylic on canvas. I’ve also been back and worked on the portrait of my father. Here it is, about the same size (5ft high) as the one of James:



and, for those who enjoy such things, a bit of detail:



Next up is actor friend Michael Sheen. I’ve taken a few shots and I’m about to get started. (I always take my own photographs and work quietly from them in my own time, as I only get a few hours here and there to paint). I’ll let you know when it’s done. What a great guy to paint. I can’t wait.

There are a few more pictures of portraits (including some of the older caricatures of Rufus Wainwright, Tom Waits, Clint Eastwood et al) on the artwork page of the main site. I’ll let you know here next time I have an exhibition: should be one next year somewhere.

Right, Merry Christmasses or just Happy Holidays, depending on whatnot. Ta-ta for now.




December 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Shannon says:

Hi, they are amazing! You’re so good, can’t wait to see some more! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and an awesome New Year!

December 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Ben Taylor says:

Amazing and beautiful work Derren. If your superpowers disappear due to your recent dental work, it seems you have something to fall back on.

December 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm
Paul says:

Gobsmackingly amazing, never knew you are also a very good painter.

December 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm
Will says:

Excellent …. let me know when you feel like you could do my potrait !!

December 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Aww they’re brilliant! I wish I was that talented, you really are amazing :’) So multi talented, you deserve an award haha 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all your friends 🙂 x

December 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm
cassie says:

Well…they’re fantastic! really impressed by the amount of detail. man of many talents x

December 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm
ema says:

Bloody hell!! How on earth do you get the exact proportions and make it look like a photograph! It’s stunning and dumbfounding!

December 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm
Kevo says:

Truly amazing. I love the depth of field captured – how your fathers ears are slightly ‘out of focus’.

December 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Sarah Barry says:


December 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm
@LadyGauci says:

Brilliant as ever! 🙂 x Happy Christmas xx

December 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Stephen says:

It’s always a pleasure to see you express yourself in painting. I look forward to being able to inspect the polish that you’ll give to Mr. Sheen sometime in 2012!

December 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Kelvin says:

Hi Derren, just want to thank you for everything you do, you probably don’t realise how much you touch people, believe me you, your books and DVDs have give me something so fascinating to concentrate on during some really low moments, so thankyou again for doing what you do, you truly are someone to look up to.

December 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm
Vikki says:

Amazing work 🙂

December 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm
Mike says:

Awesome! Or at least I think they are, but you never know with Derren Brown, it could all just be a trick of the mind 😉 only kidding they’re v good 🙂

December 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm
Dan says:

Wonderful work as always Derren! Looking forward to your next exhibition. I still have the portrait I painted of you on my site. Get in touch if you would like a copy.

December 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Rachel says:

Can I just have a teensy bit of your talent Derren? It seems like there’s nothing that you don’t do better than everybody else at 😉
Hope you have a Happy Holiday and a fab New Year 🙂 x

December 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Elise says:

You rock, and so does everything you do. Merry Christmas, hope you have a lovely time. XXXXXXXXXXX <3

December 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Darren Friel says:

Simply Stunning! WOW!!

December 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Rosanne says:

beautiful paintings! I’m looking forward to your exhibition..

December 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Ryan says:

They’re okay I suppose. Will there be a private exhibition at your house soon so that I can see them properly? Only then will I be able to offer a proper assessment.

‘Keep it up’.

Merry wishes,


December 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm
Spike says:

Have you just made me *think* that you’ve painted these..?!

December 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm
Mark says:

As a part time painter I know how difficult it is, although these are way beyond my level. Great work Derren as are the ones in your book

December 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Beautiful paintings as always, Derren. I do so love the artistry of the long fingers of James’s, they’re so like the fingers that belong to a first-class pianist.

And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours too.

Take care,

LC x

December 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm
Lynda says:

What an incredible talent you have, I would love to admire these in a gallery. Here’s hoping you have an exhibition of your work soon! Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

December 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm
Andrew says:

Really love your paintings, the detail and depth of field is amazing. Well done.

December 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Those look incredible. I love the detail on Rhodes’ hands in the first painting. I wish I could download your brain and all your knowledge and techniques!

December 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm
The Zarbi says:

You are obviously very perceptive, in both you art work & your interactions with other people. I am not, but I do see you have inherited your father’s odd sized nostrils. Great work!

December 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

They’re so gorgeous! Enjoy your holiday! xx

December 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Debbie says:

Absolutely amazing !!

Derren is there anything that you are not good at???

Merry Christmas by the way! I cannot wait to see what 2012 holds!

December 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm
Lovelyn says:

Great paintings.

December 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm
Shaun Banks says:

Glad to see you doing some real art instead of those caricatures all the time as I always thought you were sitting on or even stood on the other side of the artists fence with those caricatures. Don’t get me wrong I still thought you skill was excellent with the caricatures but they said little more than a reflection in the hall of mirrors at the local circus. With these paintings at least you are daring to express your interpretation of the subject with no distortion, as in your caricatures, to hide behind.

The end results of these paintings is very good indeed and I am impressed with the details. On the negative I would say that hand with cigarette does seem to be a little detached from the subject or maybe it is just my monitor.

December 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm
Shaun Banks says:

i also think that both subjects look a little Ephemeral but perhaps that is just my interpretation of your style.

Other all though I think they are still very impressive though. This is just my opinion and is as significant as a turd in a sewer – better out than in though I always think otherwise I would just be full of shit telling people bullshit.

I have had better days

December 21, 2011 at 11:01 am
Lou says:

Wow Derren! These are fantastic!

December 21, 2011 at 11:45 am
Mal says:

Is this for real, or did you get a talented artist to do some amazing portraits & then using mis-direction & showmanship you hoodwinkn us into thinking you did them?
When does the show stop & real life begin, I`m confused.?

December 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm
aalever says:

I’d be very interested to learn of your approach in general, if you would care to publish it. For example, do you have a set of reference photographs that you use for the detail, or do you work from just one? I’m also interested to hear how you go about getting into the patient mindset which I am assuming is required for the detail (I tend to rough out a sketch, then attempt detail but end up rather slapdash and expressionistic, largely out of impatience).

December 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm
Anne says:

Brilliant portraits! Looking forward to seeing the one of Michael Sheen.

Well done, Derren. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and an excellent New Year.

December 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm
kathryn says:

What an amazing achievement. James is such an emotionally vibrant character, with a great sense of humour. Why does he look so sad?

December 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm
kathryn says:

I mean he has fabulous teeth!

December 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm
Frances says:

Stunning…. lovin for work dude..lovin yer friggin work!!
huge fan….huge crush on you… Alas… I am a chick…. Hey ho! xxx

December 22, 2011 at 2:19 am
meandering sums says:

can we get a fine art caricature of Fiona Bruce’s bum, in the style of Dali? that man could paint an ass like woah! DB’s gotta be able to give him a run for his money.

December 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm
Sarah-Lou says:

Such a talented and amazing person both as a performer and a painter. He never seises to amaze people.

December 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm
Mark says:

Derren, very nice. I wanted to see the gallery in Rebecca hussack but by the time I got round to going it was gone. Me wonders what else one can turn his hands to and flourish. Water into wine? Touch things and turn them to gold? Quantum physics?

December 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm
Gary says:

Hi Derren – You are unfeasibly flipping talented in all manner of ways – not just a champion of – and I quote – “smug guesswork” but your caricatures are something else! Have you ever considered doing one of Rasputin? As a slave to an African Grey called George myself, I am thrilled to see the work you do for parrots! I am really hoping you come to Ipswich in 2012 with Svengali as I was unable to come to the show here in 2010. Merry Christmas to you and yours and hopefully see you in the new year!

December 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm
Νικολίτσα Χασούρα says:

Hello,Deren.Your work is excellent,breathtaking.Congratulation!!!!

January 3, 2012 at 6:11 am
Jenna says:

Wow you can paint too! They’re really well done Derren! look forward to seeing more!

January 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

Interesting, i guess smoking is an important part of his identity

January 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm
elissa says:

Wow your art skills are amazing, seems a part of your brain is switched on that only I could dream of having!! Would love someone with your skills as an artist to paint me, !!
Love from


February 1, 2012 at 6:06 am

Your art and vision is amazing. Would you consider painting me? Ive never been painted before : (
Best wishes
Lisa-marie x

April 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm
Caroline from Plymouth says:

Derren what an Extraordinary Man you are. Just when I think I know all about you, another talent is unearthed. It was a priviledge to meet you in London last year and we’re seeing Svengali in Torquay in a few weeks. Talent Redefined.

May 23, 2012 at 12:59 am
Ben Lewis says:

Just curious Derren, is there a bit a psychology behind the painting of male figures or is it just that you relate more with those particular people?