Cre­at­ing a buzz: artist sees boris in a whole new light

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Front Page -

A CHELSEA artist has turned her quirky imag­i­na­tion to celebrity por­traits and has im­mor­talised Uxbridge MP Boris John­son as a bum­ble­bee.

Celebrity Beasts is a se­ries of por­traits by pain­ter Caro­line Sykes and in­cludes unique im­ages of rock­stars, ac­tors, mod­els and roy­alty. The works will be go­ing to auc­tion in Soho be­tween Tues­day (November 22) and Thurs­day (November 24) where you can take home your own one-ofa-kind celebrity por­trait.

Caro­line, who is a mem­ber of the Chelsea Arts Club, said: “I de­cided on Boris John­son – a clever, thought­ful, amus­ing man, who I par­tic­u­larly ad­mire and who somehow looks com­pletely right as a bum­ble­bee.

“This ex­cited me and led me onto the path of paint­ing peo­ple as crea­tures.

“Of course, it had to be well known peo­ple, so that my au­di­ence could em­pathise with my choices.”

She has painted 13 celebrities in­clud­ing Dame He­len Mir­ren as a cat, Prince Harry as an orang­utan, and Nigella Law­son as a horse.

The auc­tion is being held at The Sa­lon above L’Es­car­got Restau­rant in Greek Street and 20% of the sale will go to char­i­ties See­ing is Be­liev­ing and In­vic­tus Games Foun­da­tion.

Caro­line started the pro­ject af­ter she be­came con­cerned with the de­cline of bee pop­u­la­tions.

She added: “This pro­ject has been great fun and has led to plenty of amus­ing dis­cus­sions with friends and as­so­ciates.

“In all cases, I wanted to flatter my sub­ject and I very much hope the cho­sen celebrities will like the creations I have pro­duced.”

CREATIING A BUZZ: Above Caro­line Sykes’ por­trait of Boris John­son as a bee and be­low right, Nigella Law­son as a horse

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