More than one thoroughly impressed by Queen portrait competition
The Portrait of the Queen competition reached the final stages this week, as famous faces and big names in the art world made their final decisions.
Nicky Philipps, who has painted Princes William and Prince Harry brought her royal painting expertise to the table, while Made in Chelsea Star and art graduate Hugo Taylor brought some star glamour.
They were among the judges who deliberated on more than the 1,000 entries at York House, Twickenham.
Sipping champagne and nibbling on vol-au-vents the art experts were looking for a variety of specifications, including originality and the best resemblance to Her Majesty.
Taylor said he chose paintings based on “anything that captured my imagination – anything that stood out from the rest of them”. He said: “I want all of them on my wall.”
Former Richmond mayor, Councillor Clare Head, gathered the judges for the national Portrait of Our Queen art competition.
As part of the contest, five to 18-year-olds were asked to pick up a pen or paintbrush to create a portrait of the Queen.
Philipps said: “I like the idea of getting children involved in art and the diamond jubilee was such a nice event.
“My choices were generally the ones who had spotted what best made a likeness of the Queen.”
Art departments in winning schools will be given prizes to equip and maintain their art departments and winning children will receive a raft of exciting prizes from visits to London and major art galleries to art courses set up by the John Hall Art courses of Venice, which has been helping young artists for 50 years.
Winners are due to be announced next week.
For more information, visit portraitofourqueen.co.uk.