Barbara Kaczmarowska Hamilton is internationally famous thanks to her great skill in the art of portraiture. What do the Queen Mother, Pope John Paul II and the Maharajah of Jodhpur all have in common? They have all been painted by Basia Hamilton.

What does the Queen Mother, Pope John Paul II and the Maharaja of Jodhpur have in common? They’ve been all portrayed by Basia Hamilton – the world-famous artist, who has immortalized the icons of our times. Born in Sopot, Poland. Graduated from the Academy of Art in Gdansk and then continued her studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice and Rome. She specializes in portraits in oil and pastels.

The artist became internationally famous thanks to her great skill in the art of portraiture.  She lives in Berkshire, UK, with her husband Ian and their sons Felix and Maximilian, and divides her working time between her studio in London, and travelling world-wide.

Regarded by many as the ‘Ambassador of Poland in the West.’ In 1994, the Polish President and the Noble Prize Winner Lech Walesa awarded Basia Hamilton with the Order of Merit – “in recognition of her precious contribution to the spreading of Polish culture and art”.

Her sitters include: His Holiness Pope John Paul II, H.M. Queen Elisabeth The Queen Mother, H.R.H. Princess Royal, H.R.H. The Duke of Kent, H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, Lech Walesa, H.R.H. The Maharaja of Jodhpur, H.R.H. Duke of Braganza, Princess Tatiana Metternich. Margaux Hemingway, Alberto Moravia, Giorgio De Chirico, Buzz Aldrin, and many others who all together constitute ‘the Hall of Fame’ in her gallery.

She is listed among the 50 citizens of Polish ethnic background, who made a significant impact on the life and history of the British Isles, among General Anders, Joseph Conrad, King Canute and Roman Polanski.


Born in Sopot, Poland. Wife and mother of two boys. Living with her family in England. Works at her studio in Central London.


Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice and Rome

Academy of Art, Gdansk, Poland


2nd Prize, 33rd Festival of Arts, BWA, Sopot

Bronze Medal, Polish Contemporary Painting Festival

Gold Medal, 3rd Biennale of Gdansk Art, Gdansk

2nd Prize – Biennale of Contemporary Art, Rome
1st Prize Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Rome
Bronze Medal, 4th Review of Contemporary Art, Fontana di Trevi

International Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures of Young Artists, Rome


Pope John Paul II

H.M. Queen Elisabeth The Queen Mother
HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent
HRH The Duke of Kent
HRH Prince Michael of Kent
The Duchess of York
Lady Salisbury
Sultan of Brunei and Family

The Maharaja of Jodhpur

President Lech Walesa


Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw

Royal Pastel Society, The Mall Galleries
Royal Portrait Society, London

Gdansk, 10th Festival of Polish Contemporary Art

Rome, Palazzo Nazionale
Rome, National Biennale of Modern Art

Venezia, Bevilaqua La Masa


Royal Lazienki Gallery, Warsaw

Residence of the British Ambassador, Warsaw

Partirdge Gallery, London

European Academy for the Arts, London
Accademia Italiana, London

Polish Cultural Institute, London
Palm Beach, Florida

Liguanea Club Kingston, Jamaica

Polish Hearth, London

Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Springs, California

Polish Museum, Sikorski Institute, London
Palm Springs, California

Palm Beach, Florida

Gdansk, Sieñ Gdañsk

Galleria Il Trittico via Margutta
Cassel Gallery, London
Penellaccio, Rome
Gallery Picasso, Sassari
Gallery 8, Soport, Poland

Donated by the artist to 46 Bal Polski:

A portrait sitting by Barbara Kaczmarowska Hamilton

Basia Hamilton, 46 Bal Polski, Bal polski

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