Self-taught British artist Lincoln Townley is the toast of Hollywood with his celebrity portraits.
Is he really “the next
These striking portraits are the work of Lincoln Townley – the renowned British artist known for his ability to capture the creative and sometimes turbulent energies that drives the world’s most iconic stars to perform at the peak of their powers.
Now Lincoln Townley’s world famous ICONS collection is being exhibited at London’s Somerset House.
The London-born artist has achieved global recognition for his ICONS – a collection of portraits of the world’s biggest and most powerful stars.
The launch of his paintings – which include Charlie Sheen, Al Pacino and John Cleese – will be attended by a host of celebrities.
Recently Lincoln painted Sir Michael Caine and after presenting him the painting the legendary actor said: “There’s no doubt in my opinion that Lincoln is the next Andy Warhol.”
As BAFTA LA’s official artist-in-residence, Lincoln Townley was commissioned to paint their 2015 Honerees including Meryl Streep, Orlando Bloom and Harrison Ford and these portraits form part of the ICONS collection.
Lincoln has just returned from Los Angeles where he headlined the hugely successful ‘Brit Week’ and unveiled his quadriptych portrait of HM the Queen – a person the artist regards as the ultimate icon – to mark her 90th birthday. All of Lincoln’s work sold out, leaving him to sign the window displays.
Lincoln commented: “Due to the overwhelming response to ICONS I wanted to share this collection at a prestigious event where celebrities can embrace the facade of ‘celebrity’ in its art format.”
In October this year, Lincoln Townley will present his Retrospective at The Saatchi Gallery. Townley’s work can also be seen at the Maddox Gallery in London’s Mayfair.
A recovering alcoholic, Townley has an appropriately colourful past. Up until a few years ago, he was the marketing manager of a string of lapdancing bars. It is his addiction which has since driven him to new creative heights, and helped him gain particular insight inot the personalities of some of Hollywood’s more troubled stars.
His works have doubled in value in a short space of time, with new, larger works going for up to US$150,000.
Townley has no formal training and left school aged 15 and having a number of low-paid jobs before being hired by Peter Stringfellow to market his London clubs.
He has donated many of his works to charities.