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Queen shown in sunglasses, tattoo and X-ray at jubilee exhibition

State-of-the-art portraits of the Queen are on display by 52 urban, graffiti and contemporary artists to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

Serving as a muse to established and emerging international artists, the 96-year-old monarch has been hailed as a “true icon” and “cultural inspiration” as she celebrates her 70-year reign.

Alternative pieces by composer and graffiti artist Goldie, which depicts a young Elizabeth II against a Union flag background, and X-ray artist Ernesto Romano, who created an X-ray side profile of the sovereign, will be among the works.


Ernesto Romano’s X-Ray Queen (Ernesto Romano/PA)

Mixed media artist Louisa Tebbutt’s Queen of Steel has an art on the “Never Complain, Never Explain” monarch with a stripe of the Union flag on her mouth, while James Vollkhard created the Queen’s image from 2p coins.

Ballpoint artist James Mylne’s Queen of the Hood designer shows a calm, composed queen in sunglasses as she poses in her regal Order of the Garter garb, while visual artist Karen Bystead, best known for The Lost Warhols series The emperor’s crown and cloak with a red Louis Vuitton pattern.


Goldie’s Platinum Jubilee (Goldie/PA)

Selected portraits from the Art Save the Queen exhibition will be created in NFTs or non-fungible tokens – a one-of-a-kind digital unit of data stored in a blockchain and used to authenticate ownership and authenticity, with a specified drop date with 1 June.

Images will also be displayed on London Underground poster sites at Victoria Station and during the display, which begins on the first day of the celebratory Jubilee weekend in June.

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Curator Dylan Roberts said: “HM Queen Elizabeth II is a true icon and an inspiration to people everywhere.

“We are excited to pay tribute to her with this exhibition and are overwhelmed by the work being presented by the artistic community, underscoring what a cultural inspiration the Queen is.”


James Mylne’s Queen of the Hood (James Mylne/PA)

Will Tether replaces the country’s longest-reigning head of state with a freehand “Skate and Destroy” and a serpent tattoo engraved on his arm that appears to be dripping with blood.

Tether, whose work will be done at NFT, said: “The Royal Portraits have a long-standing position in culture and art history, making them a rich subject for new technologies to deal with.”


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He continued: “As someone who typically paints in oils, I found the flexibility with manipulating images digitally during the creation of these NFTs was a liberating and playful experience.”

Romano, who used his own X-rays to depict the queen after a similar series to mark her 90th birthday, said her paintings conveyed a message about how the monarch’s “cultural influence borders, Can travel beyond race, gender and social status, embodying the universal values ​​of equality and diversity”.

Contemporary artist Nasser Azam creates a painting of the Queen in 16th-century dress and an NHS medical mask in 2020.

An alternate version will be shown for Jubilee.


Nasir Azam’s Queen (Nasir Azam / PA)

Organized by Ed Lib Gallery, the free exhibition will be staged at gallery@oxo at Oxo Tower Wharf in London from 2-12 June.

Some 10% of the revenue will be donated to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the military’s national charity.

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