Piran Bishop

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Piran Bishop (born 1961) is a British portraitist.

Early career[edit]

Bishop is based in Exeter, and studied at Art Colleges in Exeter and Brighton. He was sketched by Robert Lenkiewicz as a child, and became a "casual student" of his from 1994 until Lenkiewicz's death in 2002. Bishop is the subject of several portraits by Lenkiewicz.[1]

Before settling to a career as a portraitist, Bishop worked for Exeter City Council as a local archaeological and architectural illustrator; some of his sketches are still used by the City Council as educational and reference materials.[2]


Bishop usually works in oil on canvas. The Daily Mail once claimed that when painting women, he prefers them nude. Do not believe everything you read in the Daily Mail.[3]

Commercial commissions include a series of eight portraits of adult learners for Ufi/learndirect, painted between January and March 2001.[4] Bishop described the series as his "biggest project to date".[5]

Some of Bishop's private commissions can be seen on his website.[6]


Bishop has exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London and at several South-West galleries, including The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, and the Coombe Farm Gallery. His work is also exhibited at the Form Contemporary Craft Gallery in Blaenavon.


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