Jamie Routley was born in Newport, South Wales in 1982. He was educated entirely in the Welsh language at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. He completed a BA honours degree in Illustration at Swindon College, before leaving the UK in 2004 to study under the American painter Charles H. Cecil in Florence, Italy. Following his first year of study he was invited to be a teaching assistant at the atelier, where he remained as a student and a teacher for a further 3 years.


Jamie was one of four shortlisted to win the BP Portrait Award 2012 and won the BP Young Artist Award at the National Portrait Gallery London, for his triptych of 'Tony Lewis'.


He was then selected for the BP Portrait Award 2013 Exhibition  for his painting 'Inner Dialogue', which is in part a self-portrait and an allegory of representational painting. 

In 2015 Jamie’s painting “The World pulse beats beyond my door” was selected for Figurativas 15 and awarded an honourable mention. Figurativas 15 is one of the most prestigious international art competitions in the contemporary art scene and is held at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona. 

This year Jamie’s portrait “Alex Liederman at 17” was selected for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition 2017 and the Society awarded him the prestigious de Laszlo Foundation Award for excellence. 

Jamie has been involved in numerous  group shows and Galleries, most notably The BP Portrait Award, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Flowers Gallery  and Fine Art Commissions. His work hangs in major corporate and private collections in the UK, Europe, America, Middle East and Australia.


Jamie lives and works in London and is available for Commissions.

Photograph by Max Milligan