- Posted April 26, 2011 by
London, United Kingdom
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Watching the royal wedding
William & Kate: Tribute to Royal Love. 2011 by Stephen B Whatley
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
British expressionist artist Stephen B Whatley celebrates the love of Prince William & Kate Middleton in this new vibrant tribute in oils, completed in the month of the Royal Wedding. Inspired by a selection of
photographs, the artist was keen to express the couple’s engagement, wishing them happiness – having always felt sympathy for the Prince.
In 1981 just a week after the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer, the artist, then 16, lost his beloved young mother to a car accident.
The inclusion of the engagement ring is a poignant focus in the painting; a reminder of the spirit of Diana.
Stephen B Whatley has work in the Royal Collection and collections worldwide. He was commissioned to paint Buckingham Palace – twice – for advertisements promoting the Summer Opening of the Palace; while there is a walkway of his 30 paintings for the Tower of London viewed daily by the public, close to Tower Hill Station in London.
This new Royal painting is now on show at the Colomb Art Gallery, London, W1 until May 2011.