About Peter Deighan
Widely regarded as the world’s greatest Portrait and Sporting artist, his paintings hang in the most prestigious collections throughout the world. Among his earlier commissions were portraits of the comedian Eric Morecambe, footballer Jimmy Greaves, speaker of the house of Commons Selwyn Lloyd, Cardinal Basil Hume Archbishop of Westminster (His portrait hangs in the Vatican), Frederick Forsyth, Lester Piggott, Steve Davis and the first official portrait of the Prime Minister John Major.
Some of his more noteworthy Irish portraits were of Peadar O’Donnell, Sean McBride, Charles J. Haughey and Michael O’Hehir which were unveiled on RTE’s Late Late Show in Dublin. As Peter’s reputation as one of the World’s leading Portrait Painters grew, he began to receive commissions from North America. His most notable patrons included Payne Stewart. Peter visited Payne Stewart’s home in Florida to paint his portrait, there he met and was commissioned to paint Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara. Shortly after the tragic death of Payne Stewart, Peter’s portrait of the golfer sold for £1.4 million.
Peter quickly established a reputation as one of the world’s leading Equestrian Artists. He received commissions from prominent members of the racing fraternity, including Vincent O’Brien, JP McManus, Robert Sangster, Lord & Lady Tavistock, Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Mohammed Al-Maktoum.
He has also received commissions from major football and rugby clubs worldwide and has his paintings displayed in the Society of Equestrian Artists and in the annual exhibitions of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London.