Glow Magazine, October 2012
Leigh Glover an artist in the clouds by Melanie Gow


Herald and Post, 4th August 2011

Fifth time lucky for artist Leigh by Bev Creagh


The Ealing & Acton Gazette, 8th July 2011
My Trade: Portrait Painter, Work wins national gallery place by Michael Russell
IT is said a picture can be worth a thousand words and for no-one is this more true than Perivale artist Leigh Glover.

The 30-year-old has made such an impression with his paintbrushes that he is just one of 55 people chosen from thousands of others to exhibit their work at the BP Portrait Award in the National Portrait Gallery.

Mr Glover, who is based at Acava Studios in Wadsworth Road, Perivale, said: “I’ve always painted from a young age. I’ve always loved it and communicated better through visual art rather than words or other ways. It’s always been a natural outlet.”

His passion for painting meant embarking on a career in art was an obvious choice, even if it not the most steady of jobs. Aged 22, he took a diploma in portrait painting at Hetherley’s School of Fine Art and has been professional ever since.

Mr Glover, of Kensington and Chelsea, does create landscapes and other work but mainly focuses on portraits.

He said: “It’s much more personal, you spend about 15 hours with them in total and get to know them, what they do, their likes and dislikes, that’s what you try to capture in the portrait. It’s creating something that’s original and getting into a zone where time passes so quickly.


“That’s what brings me back to the studio every day. It’s very challenging. It’s not a very stable profession and some years I have to take on bar work or whatever. But I have a list of commissions because of the BP Portrait Award so I won’t have to do that this year.”

The painting which impressed the judges was of spoken word poet and lyricist Scroobius Pip


Mr Glover said: “It came about because I’m doing a collection of British singers and songwriters. I listened to him on the radio quite a lot. I contacted him through Myspace and he was really happy to take part.”

Called Angles, named after one of Scroobius Pip’s songs, the portrait includes images such as fighting dogs, from the song’s narrative.


The BP Portrait Award exhibition runs from next Saturday (16) until September 18. Visit to find out more about the artist’s work.


The Times, Saturday Review, 11th June 2011

This year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition features authors, actors, pop stars and MPs.  Catherine Nixey talks to the artists and their subjects about the art of capturing personality – toy crocodiles, high heels and all.

Scroobius Pip, lyricist and rapper

I’m a 29 year-old lad from Essex who has never had his portrait painted before.  I don’t have this one, but I have another that Leigh did.  I had it in my living room for ages, but when new people came round I’d get embarrassed. My mum loved it.

The artist Leigh Glover

I really loved a story that Scroobius did that is spoken in the first person, but in which that the first person changes characters.  I chagned these characters into dogs, as dogs have stereotypical personalities.  But it’s not a surreal portrait; my intention wasn’t Surrealism.  I was trying to experiment with the way that you use paint.


“ArtMoco, The Modern & Contemporary Art Blog” , November 2007

What is so captivating about Leigh Glover’s landscapes is that this London painter makes it appear so effortless. The lively contrast of colours in his outdoor scenes draws the viewer into the layers and one feels as though the trees are there to slip behind, especially in the seasonal views of Holland Park. The distance of the peak in the View from Grizedale Pike reduces the accessibility, but the colours and textures more than make up for this. Leigh Glover is currently receiving accolades for his portraiture, but his landscapes must not go unnoticed. (Sabine7)


“The London Informer”, 6th October 2007

Selected to exhibit at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 1st October 2007

Within just a few months of completing his Diploma in Portrait Painting in 2007 at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in Chelsea, London, one of Leigh’s paintings (“Sonya” – go to Portraits) was accepted for exhibition by the prestigious Royal Institute of Oil Painters.  It is an early accolade for a promising and up-and-coming new artist.  The Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition is from 31 October to 11 November at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London (just off Trafalgar Square).