Portrait painting commissions by artist P. Engels, celebrity painter

Portrait painting

Awesome contemporary portrait paintings


Art by Peter Engels


Peter Engels is widely considered as contributing to the revival of portrait painting. In his hands it seems as if the long lost art of portrait painting is rising from its ashes like a phoenix. Peter Engels’ art is successful due to his unique contemporary style, his expert palette knife technique, his thick texture, his sparsely sepia colour palette and his unique positioning of the head on the canvas. Portrait commissions are also part of his oeuvre.


Peter Engels’ portrait of Nelson Mandela was displayed on Reuters’ largest billboard of the world on Times Square, New York, on Mandela’s birthday. When he died the painting was used in his obituary. Prince Albert of Monaco bought the portrait painting of Grace Kelly. Nicole Kidman lived in Peter Engels’ home town and he painted her Vintage Portrait. Peter Engels painted Estée Lauder’s portrait for her villa in Cannes, France. Richard Branson was painted ‘live’ by Peter Engels in front of an audience of 1,600 people. Peter Engels met and painted Roger Moore, Karl Lagerfeld, Toots Thielemans, Princess Astrid and many more.
Peter Engels also created a collection of painted portraits of fashion designers Gianni Versace, Coco Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. He also painted the six James Bond actors: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.  When Peter Engels saw ‘The Kiss’ painted by Gustav Klimt, Peter Engels painted his version of The Kiss. Less colour but with more love, soul, feeling, intimacy and emotion.


Artist Peter Engels is considered an extraordinary international contemporary artist in the most difficult field in art: portrait painting. His celebrity portraits painted with the pallet knife in his typical oil colors are unique, contemporary and above all, refreshingly innovatory. Peter Engels calls them Vintage Paintings. His art inspires many people around the world. Art commissions are also possible.