Here at UK Women, we have been following the progress of Brit artist Lincoln Townley, who will be exhibiting his world famous ICONS Collection at London’s Royal Academy of Art on 2nd June 2016.
The London born artist has achieved global recognition for his ICONS, which consists of a collection of his portraits of the world’s biggest and most powerful stars, to include Charlie Sheen, Al Pacino, Sir Michael Caine and Dame Judi Dench.
Recently Lincoln painted Sir Michael Caine and, after presenting him with the painting, the legendary actor said “There’s no doubt in my opinion that Lincoln is the next Andy Warhol”. Lincoln says “I am totally humbled but equally flattered by this comparative as Michael knew Warhol back in the 60’s and, being an avid art collector himself, he appreciates his work. This will be my second show at The Royal Academy and due to the overwhelming response to ICONS I wanted to share this collection at a prestigious event where celebrities can embrace the façade of ‘celebrity’ in its art format”.
As BAFTA LA’s official artist in residence, Townley was commissioned to paint their 2015 Honorees, to include Meryl Streep and Harrison Ford and these portraits form part of the ICONS Collection. The figurative artist also recently unveiled his quadriptych portrait of HM the Queen whilst headlining at a Brit Week event in LA and, at the time of going to print, there are negotiations in place to project this iconic image on to a landmark building in the Capital to coincide with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
Lincoln enthuses “The Queen is more than the ‘Icon of Icons’. There is probably no living head of state or public figure anywhere in the world who is as recognisable and who commands as much respect as the Queen. Throughout sixty years on the throne, she has sustained an astonishing work ethic based on a deep sense of public service. Whether you’re a monarchist or not, you have to admire the resilience and personal power of the Queen”
Making his mark as one of the most driven and courageous artists to express his feelings in his paintings, the relationship between Townley and his work has become personal as he continues to capture turbulent energies; portrayed in his series of best selling collectives. Commissioned by BAFTA LA to paint the six Honorees at the Britannia Awards, Townley will mark his Retrospective at The Saatchi Gallery in September.
When asked about the future, Lincoln responds “There are some incredible collaborations coming up on an international level and I intend to continue to tour with my work on a global scale”.
Townley’s work can be seen at the Maddox Gallery in Mayfair London (www.maddoxgallery.co.uk) and Art Angels in Los Angeles (www.artangels.net). A recovering alcoholic, he has donated works to many charities and divides his time between London and Los Angeles.