artnet news | Lorena Muñoz-Alonso:
Damien Hirst—he of the dead sharks and drug cabinets—might not strike you as the obvious choice for a Royal portraitist at first, but the YBA has indeed painted the portrait of Queen Elizabeth, and gifted it to the government. The 2014 artwork, shown in the media for the first time last Friday by theTelegraph, was made in Hirst’s signature spin technique. Crucially, because it went from the artist’s studio straight to the Government Art Collection (GAC) last year, it has never been seen in public… Read more
Image: Damien Hirst’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II (2014). Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2016.