The Beatles have always been a big
creative inspiration to me.
This portrait is of them in 1965
when anything seemed possible. They had conquered the USA music
charts, received MBEs from the Queen and were about to embark
on their most critically acclaimed music. Humour was always
evident in their work, so this painting is very tongue in cheek
in its patriotism, borrowing influences from the French Revolution
as well as Russian and Chinese political posters.
In 1964 the Beatles posed in front
of the American flag for Time magazine. In 1965 this image of
them posing in front of the Houses of Parliament with Union
Jacks, would not have been out of the question!
The Queen was an addition painted
in 2015 at the request of the painting's owner. She is the perfect
finishing touch adding to the surreal atmosphere of 1960s London
The portraits of the Beatles faces
and figures are mostly based on photos by Robert Freeman.
The Queen is based
on a photo by Dorothy Wilding.