“Cultural inspiration”: contemporary artists celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee | The Queen
Corgis and horses are out; tattoos and shades are all the rage. Portraits of the Queen by 52 contemporary artists to mark her platinum jubilee portray the monarch in a way not seen since the days of the Sex Pistols.
Among the works is Queen of the Hood, by rollerball artist James Mylne, which shows a “stately and breathtaking” young Elizabeth in royal Order of the Garter dresses accessorized with designer sunglasses.
Mylne said: “A key aspect of what I do is mixing classic ideals with urban styles. For this piece, I took it a step further, depicting it in a way that fits into a more modern, fashionable, and cool culture.
Another, by Louisa Tebbutt, shows the ‘never complain, never explain’ monarch with a union flag stripe over his mouth. James Vaulkhard created an image from 2p coins, while Ernesto Romano created an X-ray profile of the Queen.
Romano said: “The performance aims to convey the message of how his cultural influence during 70 years of rule can travel across borders, race, gender and social status, encompassing universal values of equality. and diversity.”
Will Teather’s Queen sports a tattoo of a snake dripping with blood below the words “Skate and destroy”. Elena Cecchinato has created 200 queens in a project called Multividuality which includes a queen of angels, a queen of lovers, a queen of fathers and a queen of dreamers.
“Working with an iconic figure such as Elizabeth II made me think about how multitude and singularity are inevitably part of the same narrative for every human being,” Cecchinato said. “All humans – despite their privileges – must deal with the same rites of passage and emotions of life: birth, death, love, disappointment or sadness.”
A 2016 image by musician and graffiti artist Goldie of the young monarch against a Union flag is included in an exhibition, Art Save the Queen, which opens at the @oxo gallery on London’s South Bank in June.
Images will also be displayed on the London Underground display sites at Victoria Station, and digital versions of the works will be released.
Dylan Roberts, who curated the exhibition for its organizers Ad Lib Gallery, said the works spanned a wide range of styles, including oil paintings, mixed media, collage and street art.
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is a true icon and inspiration to people around the world. We’ve been overwhelmed by the work the arts community submits, highlighting how culturally inspirational the Queen is. »
The Sex Pistols’ anti-royalist punk record God Save the Queen, released around the time of the monarch’s Silver Jubilee, is being re-released to mark her platinum jubilee.