Lincoln Townley (born 27 December 1972) is an English self-taught painter[1] who explores the darker side of the human personality, painting abstract portraits of celebrities.[2] He lives in Cheshire and in London.


Before turning to art as a career in his 40s, Townley was a celebrity publicist and PR manager.[3]

From 2015 – 2017 Townley was artist in residence at Marriott Canary Wharf.[4] Townley’s work has been featured in The Royal Academy in 2015 and 2016.[5] He has been commissioned to paint the world’s biggest icons by Mastercard[6] and commissioned by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles to paint celebrities in 2016 and 2017. His painting of boxer Muhammad Ali sold for $623,000 in 2017.[7]

Personal life

Townley married Beverley Scales in 1992, with whom he has a son.[8] He married actress Denise Welch in 2013. He appeared as her dancing partner on ‘Stepping Out’ on ITV in 2013 shortly after their marriage.

Lincoln Townley