South Wales Echo
Artist has faith in star for latest portrait
PROLIFIC artist Nathan Wyburn has created his latest celebrity work – with a striking image of actress Eve Myles.
Nathan created it in honour of his friend who plays the role of Faith Howells in hit TV show Keeping Faith, which was also shot in Welsh as Un Bore Mercher.
Nathan, from Ebbw Vale, has made a name for himself for his innovative style.
His work is often created from unusual materials, such as food, while earlier this year his work gained particular prominence when he produced a stunning collage to celebrate the NHS, made up of small images of individual health workers.
“I tend to get my ideas from the world around me,” said Nathan.
“My mind is always full of ideas and I’m constantly inspired by news, current affairs and the people in the stories.
“Take my recent drawing of Donald Trump, for example. I’d been collecting face coverings since the first lockdown, as I had a gut-feeling I would find a way to use them.
“When I heard Donald Trump had Covid, it felt apt to use the masks to make a portrait of him.
“I also did one of Captain Tom Moore. “I created the drawing by walking the paint on a huge piece of paper in recognition of his fundraising achievement. I made sure I used an old pair of trainers for this one!”
Nathan first found fame in 2011, when he reached the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent. He used Marmite on toast to create a picture of one of the judges, Michael Mcintyre.
Since then, his work has attracted thousands of followers to his social media accounts, as well as commissions from Mariah Carey and Dame Shirley Bassey.
Nathan said of his latest project: “I know Eve (Myles) well and as this is the last series and last chance to follow Faith’s hectic life.
“I wanted to create something special to fix the iconic image of her in the famous yellow coat in people’s minds forever more.
“All I used for the portrait was one yellow coat, exactly like Faith’s. I’ve shown Eve a picture and she loves it. Hopefully, she can have her photo taken with the piece after the lockdown.”
In keeping with his usual style, Nathan captured the creative process with a timelapse video, available to view on S4C’s social media accounts.
For a chance to win the original portrait of Eve Myles as Faith Howells, measuring one metre square, visit the Un Bore Mercher webpage – www.s4c.cymru/en/ drama/un-bore-mercher.
Entries have flooded in since S4C announced the competition after the first episode aired on Sunday, but there is plenty of time to enter before it closes at 10pm on November 15.
The third and final series of Un Bore Mercher airs on S4C on Sunday at 9pm.