“Regina Rex” Feb 19th to 28th 2015 at Artboy Gallery, 99 Greville St Prahran, Melbourne.
I have the back section of the gallery for 10 days in February. The rest of the gallery is going to be hosting an ultra cool group show which I will update when they release the details on their website. There will be around 25 paintings in the show, ranging in size and price. All paintings are of a crowned head of England and some sort of extinct animal. I’ve mostly focused on both Elizabeths but there are plenty of others in there.
How did Regina Rex come about?
About two years ago I was utterly miserable working on a project at (paid) work and I needed something to focus on to get my mind off it. I had many times in the past thought “Hey, I’d like to paint the Queen in full coronation regalia” so I decided to do that. As soon as I started I got bored and thought to myself “Now, then, wouldn’t it be cool to stick her on the back of a dinosaur?” I had qualms about when painting the velociraptor as they are actually feathered and I didn’t want to paint feathers because it would look crap, so I decided – the queen clearly SHAVES her dinosaur. Or gets staff to do it for her. Duh.
And then it kind of went from there.
Why the name?
In Latin, Regina Rex means Queen King, and I like the play on Tyrannosaurus rex, a name everyone is familiar with.
Are these supposed to be funny?
My goodness yes. This is not satire either – I just love formal court portraits, I’m interested in history, i like dinosaurs and i really wanted to practice my skills at portrait painting but not be left with just pictures of people that no one wanted to take away from me at the end of it all. Painting those rich fabrics and jewels and poses has done wonders for my skill levels.
Do I want to know more! Yes!
Blog posts that go through the journey of the painting process for individual pictures are linked to here.