Jubilee painting coming to Castle Galleries

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A PIECE of artwork that offers a modern twist on a classic Royal portrait is coming to a city art gallery.

Castle Galleries, located at thecentre:mk, has taken delivery of the striking royal portrait, which is hand embellished with Swarovski Crystals, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The side-profile painting is the work of Royalist and famed British artist Louise Dear. Entitled ‘Our Young Queen’, the artwork will be on display at Castle Galleries from Saturday.

Manager at Castle Galleries Milton Keynes, Peter Viet-Lu, said: “‘Our Young Queen’ shows an innocent, demure and youthful Queen Elizabeth before her sovereignty, set against the backdrop of her kingdom – a Union Jack teamed with an array of flowers and animals, including a queen bee and a regal robin.

“Crafted with the simple ambition to create an exquisite, contemporary and figurative piece of art that is fit for a Queen, enthusiasts of Dear will immediately spot her trademark characteristic stamp on the unique portrait – a playful mix of colour and passion, which is packed full of romance.”

Inspiration for the portrait came from a 1951 photograph taken by Yousaf Karsh, before the young Elizabeth was even crowned.

Devon-based artist, Mrs Dear said: “The feeling of patriotism is so strong this year that I had the desire to create an iconic image that would inspire generations to come.”

Each limited edition print is available to purchase from June 2-10. The print will be available as a limited edition of just 60, priced at £995.

For more information on Louise Dear or to request a catalogue of her artworks please visit www.castlegalleries.com