In a London studio, British artist Carne Griffiths adds the final touches of neon pink to ‘The Platinum Queen’, a portrait depicting young Queen Elizabeth shortly before her coronation nearly seven decades ago. Griffiths, known for using tea, ink and alcohol in her work, is releasing 70 limited-edition prints – plus artist’s proofs – to mark the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee, one for each year of his historic reign.
Based on an original painting sold last year, each piece is made up of layers including diamond dust and platinum foil. “I thought it was a poignant moment to capture Her Majesty just as she was about to ascend the throne,” he told Reuters.
“And as I was painting the room, I was trying to imagine…what kind of things she would envision at the start of her reign.” Elizabeth, the oldest British monarch and currently the oldest in the world, became queen on February 6, 1952, on the death of her father, King George VI. His coronation took place on June 2, 1953.
Four days of celebratory events will begin on June 2 with the Queen, 96, planning to attend several. Priced at 1,550 pounds ($1,960), Griffiths’ prints will go on sale June 4 on the West Contemporary Editions online platform, with 150 pounds from each sale going to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Children’s Charity.
The cause is close to Griffiths’ heart after the hospital treated her newborn daughter in 2012. Griffiths’ original sold for £25,000 at a fundraiser in December, with proceeds also going to to GOSH.
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