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Proud to be British

Private View: Wednesday 11th July
Show Runs till September

In a year where we have marked and celebrated 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne and now the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, we couldn’t be more proud to honour everything that is wonderful about being British.

Imitate Modern are proud to present an exhibition dedicated to everything quintessentially British, from icons to iconic landmarks, with works from artists Tyler Shields, Goldie, Banksy, Fin DAC, Romero Britto, Rich Simmons, Maximilian Wiedemann and new comers Natalie Goldstein and Thibault Sandret showcasing what Britain is to them.

Imitate Modern will be showcasing for the first time Goldie’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II (as seen on ITV’s This Morning). The piece has been produced from a single piece of sustainable birch which was burned and sanded down to create a 3D-effect Union Flag with an image of the young Queen in the centre, which was then built up with many layers of paint. Goldie was recently named in the BBC’s list of New Elizabethans — the 60 Britons who have “illuminated” the Queen’s reign since her coronation in 1953. Speaking about the Queen, Goldie said, “I’ve always said what a great subject matter she is. She is one of the world’s most iconic women. I love the royal family. They are a very important symbol.”

Beyond The Gates by “Hollywood’s hottest photographer”, Tyler Shields will be one of the works on display. Showcasing the photographer, and his girl friend Francesca Eastwood (daughter of Hollywood royalty, Clint Eastwood) on top of the iconic front gates of Buckingham Palace at night.

Graffiti artist Fin DAC, recently in the press for his portrait of British rapper Tinchy Stryder will also be revealing his new portrait of famed heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora.

Fiver by Rich Simmons shows a five-pound note dissected. The artist says, “English money is incredibly beautiful, quirky and intricate. To me, the beauty of the artwork hidden in the note is worth more than the value it upholds. I am celebrating my British upbringing, the quirks and the intricacies that accompany that and my view that beauty, in my eyes, is priceless.”

Other works that will also be on show will be from upcoming artists Natalie Goldstein with her Duality series, Thibault Sandret with his collage works of iconic London landscapes, Romero Britto and his intimate portrait of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Maximilian Wiedemann and his portrayal of famed British supermodel, Kate Moss.

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