The Queen as You've Never Seen Her: A Striking New Portrait Revealed

The Queen as You’ve Never Seen Her: A Striking New Portrait Revealed







Rosalind Powell




As Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, the Queen has been the subject of countless portraits, photographs and works of art around the world. Now HELLO! is proud to present its own painting to commemorate Her Majesty in this Platinum Jubilee year.


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We asked British Expressionist artist Ben Mosley, 40, whose fans include mike tindal and Ed Sheeran, for creating this unique portrait, a copy of which is offered as a tear-off poster to our readers in this week’s magazine.


Ben, who works from his studio in Kent, seized the opportunity to step out of his usual domain of cityscapes and sports artwork and turn his attention to the oldest female monarch in history.


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WATCH: Ben Mosley paints a striking new portrait of the Queen (Anthony Thomas Doin’it! Productions Ltd)


“She’s an iconic person to paint, and it was nice to challenge myself to do something different and incorporate a lot of different things into her life,” he tells us. “I’m quite a patriot and a fan of the royal family, so it was something I really enjoyed doing.”


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We asked Ben Mosley to create this portrait of the Queen


Having received a “plethora” of images by HELLO!Ben chose the one he thought would work best – an official coronation portrait in 1953. “She’s been here so long, but I wanted to paint her as a young queen and put all the elements of her life back- plan,” he explains.


Based on the design of a stained glass window and drawing inspiration from Picasso and Matisse, Ben uses acrylic paint with 24k gold leaf, copper and palladium, a shiny white metal. “Gold and monarchs go together, so it really fits the subject,” he says. “I use a lot of real gold in my work. I love the reflective qualities of the metals.”



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Ben poses in front of Buckingham Palace with his masterpiece


Incorporated into the image are scenes from the Queen’s life and recognition of her 70-year reign. Look closely and you will see the Queen’s Guard; crowds outside Buckingham Palace; an older queen waving to her audience; her marriage to Prince Philip and her beloved Corgis.


Get a copy of HELLO! magazine this week for the full story and your own tear-off poster to keep.


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