LONDON – Chances are you’ll see quite a few tributes to Queen Elizabeth II in the run-up to her becoming the longest reigning monarch on Sept. 9 — but you probably won’t see many like this.
To honour the Queen’s 63 years on the throne, London-based street artist Pegasus has painted a partially nude drawing of Her Majesty on the side of the Winchester Bar in Angel, North London.
“I painted her last Wed, way ahead of the big day,” Pegasus told Mashable. “The designing process took a little over two weeks, two days to draw, a day to cut and three hours to paint.”
“There is no denying that the queen was stunning when she was young.
I wanted to honour that beauty but also portray her in a way that she has never been seen before. I have been fascinated by the transition in the Royal Family from monarchy to celebrity over recent years and wanted to add a bit of modern day celebrity influence into the piece, hence the nude bum.”
Pegasus told us he’s received a largely positive response to the work so far.
“The feedback has been great but of course with anything there are a few people who feel it’s not for them,” he explained. “I am sure there are a few people who think I should be sent to the tower, and they are probably right.”
Pegasus is a well-known street artist in Britain’s capital who’s received attention in the past for his stencil drawings of celebrities like Amy Winehouse and Kate Middleton.
When we asked him if he’d ever been caught, Pegasus described a run-in with the police in 2014.
“I was arrested last year on Valentine’s Day creating a piece,” he said. “I spent six hours in the clink and had a strange conversation with the releasing officer who had been googling me and praised my work… Kind of ironic!”