Hugo Grenville


Hugo Grenville first exhibited in London at the Chelsea Arts Society at the age of 15, although it took him another 14 years to become a full time painter. After leaving school he travelled in India and returned to England to join the Coldstream Guards. He served as an officer in Northern Ireland, West Africa, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) during the Civil War, and finally as an Aide-de-Camp to C-in-C British Army of the Rhine, during which time he painted whenever possible, and studied part-time at Chelsea School of Art and Heatherley’s.


Painting full-time since the age of 30, Hugo Grenville has had 21 solo shows in London, New York and Palm Beach. Hugo has forged an enviable reputation as one of the country’s leading colourist painters, resulting in invitations to lecture and teach from institutions such as Falmouth School of Art and the V & A Museum. His fabric designs were included in the Liberty’s Spring/Summer Collection of 2011, and he was short listed for the Threadneedle Prize in 2013. In 2016, Hugo was invited to have a one man show at Studio 2000, Holland.


During his career he has painted many portraits of leading figures, including the late Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Runcie, and the counter-tenor Michael Chance in the role of Orpheus at the ENO; he was an Official War Artist in Bosnia in 1995, and has been commissioned by a number of institutions including the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, Edinburgh City Council and The China Club, Hong Kong.

As well as writing regularly for The Artist magazine, Hugo has built a reputation as an inspirational teacher, running short courses and masterclasses in Bristol, Suffolk, Dorset and Portugal.


Showing for the first time at David Simon Contemporary December 2018. Solo exhibition 2019.



Work is represented in corporate, institutional and private collections in UK, USA, Canada, France, Hong Kong and Australia, including:

  • Edinburgh City Council
  • The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
  • The Ministry of Defence
  • The China Club, Hong Kong
  • The Tresco Estate
  • Pembroke Management
  • The Duke of Devonshire
  • Searcy’s
  • Duke’s Hotel  St James’s
  • The Earl of Verulam