I am an autobiographical figurative oil painter, focusing on colour and chiaroscuro lighting effects combined with techniques employed by the old and modern masters.

Portraiture is not just about investigating appearances or how to recreate what I see; it is about painting what I feel.  I record my experiences and emotions in response to the relationship between artist and sitter. Striving for a kind of reality, that moment when it’s not just another painting, “the subject looks alive, like they could just get up and walk off”, and to preserve that moment in paint forever.

A portrait painter and artist based in Yorkshire, I successfully completed my Contemporary Art Practice BA (Hons) at University of Leeds in 2010 and was the only student to have a sell-out final degree show.  Over the course of my artist career so far my portraits have featured in exhibitions and competitions around the UK, including The National Open Art Competition, Chichester and more recently the worldwide exhibition Healthcare Heroes.  I have paintings hung in public and private collections such as Oxford University (Lady Margret Hall) and the University of Leeds (Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery).


  • 2013 New Lights Art Prize – Shortlisted Artist
  • 2010 Winner of Leeds for Life Citizenship Award
  • 2009 Leeds for Life Scholar – Leeds for Life Foundation Grant for St James Hospital Art Project, Leeds
  • 2005 David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Global Canvas Art Competition, 1st prize: age category winner and 3rd prize: overall winner



  • 2014 Hannah Ostapjuk PORTRAITS, CCCH Foyer, University of Leeds, Leeds



  • 2020 Healthcare Heroes, Google Arts & Culture, Global (Online)
  • 2015 York Open Studios, The Bull Centre (Stockton-on-the-Forest), York
    2015 Taster Exhibition (YOS), Blossom Street Gallery, York
  • 2014 Portraits, The Bank, Suffolk
    2014 The Ryedale ArtsBar Pop-up Gallery, Galtres Parkland Festival, Helmsley
    2014 New Lights, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
    2013 New Lights, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
    2013 Celebratory Exhibition and Sale of Work, The Chapel (York Cemetery), York
    2013 York Open Studios, Space 109, York
    2011 End of Year Group Show, Lowry Hotel, Manchester
    2010 National Open Art Competition, Chichester
    2010 Secret Art Show, Multiple Sclerosis Trust, York
    2010 Contemporary Art Practice Degree Show, University of Leeds, Leeds
    2010 Test Space, Crash Records and 42 New Briggate, Leeds
    2009 Open Studios, University of Leeds, Leeds
    2007 A Level Art Exhibition, King James’s School, Knaresborough



  • 2017 Academic Figure Painting and Portrait Painting (Jura Bedic), The Florence Academy of Art, Florence
  • 2010 Contemporary Art Practice BA (Hons), University of Leeds



  • 2016 Portrait of Professor Susan Price, Old Broadcasting House, Leeds Beckett University
  • 2014 Portrait of Professor Michael Arthur, Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds
    2009 Portrait of Hunter Davies, prolific British author, journalist and broadcaster
    2009 Portrait of Ann Kennedy (Tutor of Law), Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University
    2008 Portrait of Niki Bird Carnegie Athletics Union President, Leeds Metropolitan University
    2008 Portrait of ‘The Three J’s’ Union President and Sabbatical Officers, Leeds Metropolitan University
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