Ralph Heimans at Westminster Abbey

September 2013

Ralph Heimans is one of the world’s most distinguished portrait artists, with his work displayed from the National Portrait Gallery of his native country Australia to the Natural History Museum in Denmark. In 2012, he was commissioned to paint a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.

The Rumi Foundation held an event to support the work of Mr Heimans at Westminster Abbey in the Chapter House. “It made me think really deeply about the role art has to play, to portray, to influence, and to change how we look at other people,” Rumi Verjee says of the event. “It gives you a deep sense of contemplation, spiritual being and understanding – especially in the hands of a master craftsman like Ralph.”