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PUNK ROCK: Gerrards Cross artist creates portraits of the Queen

 Published on: 6th July 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Gerrards Cross artist created a punk-inspired painting to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Mark Sloper, better known as Mark Illuminati, created the Queen artwork in his signature punk rock style and donated the artwork to the Gerrards Cross community.

Mark donated painting for auction during the jubilee weekend, and it was “generously” purchased for double the gallery price. The funds will be used to help Ukrainian refugees and Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Mark’s love of punk music and English artist Jamie Reid – who produced the famous imagery for the Sex Pistols God Save the Queen album artwork – both had an influence on his work.

His dynamic neon artwork gained international recognition when the Queen’s lady-in-waiting approached the artist a few years ago at a gallery.

Featuring punk-inspired imagery the portrait of Her Majesty with blue hair, a nose ring, and a love heart tattoo was famously produced by the artist who often displays at London’s Saatchi Gallery.

Mark said: “I was shocked when the Queen’s lady in-waiting approached the gallery where I was exhibiting art; I thought it was a joke. She took a print and said she will show the Queen. Then three months later, she came back and said the Queen

likes it; she just wanted to change the tattoo.”

The artist exhibits nationally with fine art in more than 40 high streets, and he announced he is the headline artist at the Saatchi gallery in October.

Marks artwork is collected many famous people including Danny Dyer to Susanna Reid, Boy George, Jenni Falconer and John Terry.

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