Captured on canvas – Royal wedding inspires artists
The Royal wedding has spawned endless cut-price tea-towels and biscuit tins featuring Prince
William and Kate Middleton, but some of the country’s most prestigious fine art galleries are
also showcasing wedding-inspired works of art.
By Roya Nikkhah, Arts Correspondent
9:30AM BST 24 Apr 2011
The centrepiece of a new exhibition at the Eleven gallery in Belgravia is Genie, a life-size portrait of Miss Middleton flanked by miniature images of Princes William and Harry in morning dress, Westminster Abbey and a multi-tiered wedding-cake. In the oil on linen diptych by the American artist Kent Christensen, which is on sale for £6,500, Miss Middleton is depicted posing in the style of a religious icon, with a bottle-shaped body and a Coca Cola sign as a halo. Below her is the Union flag. Mr Christensen, who first visited London in July 1981 in the days before the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and the Prince of Wales, said that he was inspired by the commemorative bottles of Coca Cola that were issued for the wedding, featuring Union flag emblems in place of the classic labels. The artist may also have been inspired by the Eleven gallery’s close link with the Royal wedding on April 29. Laura Lopes, the Duchess of Cornwall’s daughter, step-sister to Prince William and close friend of Miss Middleton, is a partner in the gallery and her daughter, Eliza, will be a bridesmaid at the wedding. A spokesman for the gallery, said: “As a Pop artist who uses cultural and religious icons in his work and references society’s preoccupation with obsession and consumption, Kent Christensen saw the opportunity to both celebrate and commemorate the Royal wedding by incorporating rich symbolism into this painting about one of the major global events of the 21st century, when we will witness the convergence of icons – ancient and modern, and the creation of a new one.” At the Clarendon Fine Art gallery in Mayfair, two contemporary portraits of Prince William and Miss Middleton by the British artist “Zinksy” are the highlight of the gallery’s new Best of British show. The artist has also previously painted the Princess Royal, who described his work as “the balance between unusually creative and a very good likeness.” Zinksy’s subjects have also included Kate Moss, David Bowie, Angelina Jolie and Sienna Miller. The portraits of Prince William and Miss Middleton are on sale for £4,995. Even anti-monarchists have found artistic inspiration in the forthcoming wedding. The artist Kristian von Hornsleth has donated his latest painting, a collage featuring the couple with the slogan “Long Live the Republic”, to the campaign group Republic, which calls for an elected head of state.