Bojo’s art attack! Celebrated painter invites guests to deface her £10,000 portrait of Boris Johnson after growing disillusioned with the Brexiteer
An award-winning artist has invited the public to deface her £10,000 portrait of Boris Johnson, whom she accuses of putting political ambition before the interests of the UK.
Helen Masacz’s painting, for which Boris sat for preliminary sketches and photographs, was once exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.
It shows the ex Foreign Secretary holding a large mollusc after he once described himself as hard on the outside and soft in the middle. Masacz has now retitled her work ‘Boris Johnson — Cover Up (2018)’.
An award-winning artist has invited the public to deface her £10,000 portrait of Boris Johnson. Pictured left, the painting, and right, the real Boris Johnson
However Masacz has grown increasingly disillusioned with the Brexiteer since his halcyon days as the Conservative Party’s most popular MP.
Says Masacz: ‘I painted the London Mayor in 2010 as part of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Johnson’s parachute didn’t quite open after his spectacular descent from the role of London Mayor.
‘With his funny flyaway hair and his puppy-like enthusiasm to the current series of calamities, he has veered off course and is putting his political ambitions before the interests of Britain.’
Brushes will be provided for guests who will be invited to daub paint over the portrait at tonight’s private view at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery.
Helen Masacz’s (pictured) painting, for which Boris sat for preliminary sketches and photographs, was once exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery
At the end of the Face Value show, which is being staged by the Lot 5 Collective, the painting will be sold by raffle, with all proceeds going to the homeless charity, Shelter.
It is not the first indignity that 54-year-old Johnson has endured this week.
A huge effigy of him was burnt at Edenbridge in Kent to mark Bonfire Night.
Kitty and the Fox may sound like a children’s fairytale but Princess Diana’s socialite niece Lady Kitty Spencer and purist Brexiteer Dr Liam Fox represented the oddest coupling of the week when they posed together at the Give Us Time charity bash in London.
The charity, of which Lady Kitty, 27, is patron, donates holidays for soldiers in need of R&R.
‘Every challenge I have faced in life is nothing compared to the challenges faced by servicemen and women,’ she said before posing with the founder of the charity, Dr Fox, who was a GP and civilian army medic before becoming an MP.
Lady Kitty Spencer (centre) and purist Brexiteer Dr Liam Fox (right) represented the oddest coupling of the week when they posed together at the Give Us Time charity bash in London
Charles Dance has denounced those who refuse to wear Poppies on Remembrance Sunday.
‘When I hear stuff about people moaning and questioning stuff about wearing the poppy it really upsets me,’ he tells me. ‘How dare they when these guys have made such sacrifices for us all?’
The 72-year-old Game Of Thrones star was speaking at Jermyn Street shirtmaker Emma Willis’s Art In The Aftermath exhibition, which features creative work produced by ex military staff, many traumatised by war.
‘Wearing a poppy is not just about the centenary of the end of World War I,’ adds Dance.
‘It is marking and remembering the whole squalid business of war. It is a very small thing to do for what these guys have done for us.’
Charles Dance (pictured with Emma Willis) has denounced those who refuse to wear Poppies on Remembrance Sunday
Rock singer Roger Daltrey has said it’s impossible to say whether The Who or the Rolling Stones are the better band. However he insists The Who are the more energetic.
‘When you’re in a band like The Who, our music has to have a kind of energy in it because we are a rock band,’ claims the 74-year-old Daltrey.
‘We aren’t a good time rock and roll band, we’re not like Rod Stewart or The Faces or the Rolling Stones — you know bar bands. We’re a power band.
‘It’s music to fight to and if it ever loses its fighting edge then I’ll stop because then it’ll be cheating my audience.’
Now where have we heard that before?
Viscountess Weymouth, aka Emma Thynn, put her best foot forward when she attended a fashion party in Mayfair this week.
At the launch for the Moschino x H&M collection, the 32-year-old food blogger, who is married to Ceawlin Thynn, heir to Longleat Estate, subverted the dress code and daringly kitted herself out head-to-toe in a very different label.
She dazzled in a Dolce & Gabbana £3,765 dark floral embroidered coat and £595 red lace heels with Swarovski crystals on the toe.
Viscountess Weymouth, aka Emma Thynn, subverted the dress code at the launch for the Moschino x H&M collection and daringly kitted herself out head-to-toe in a very different label
One guest who unusually adhered to the dress code was Madonna, sporting a £120 H&M hooded dress emblazoned with a gold chain print
One guest who unusually adhered to the dress code was Madonna, 60, sporting a £120 H&M hooded dress emblazoned with a gold chain print, which she teamed with chunky gold rings and clear Perspex glasses.
Is Benedict Cumberbatch, who went on an unlikely rant this week about chamomile tea, ‘hangry’?
I hear that the Sherlock star has to go on a diet until Christmas for his role in the Cold War thriller Ironbark.
Although he’s already slim, Cumberbatch has to shed more than a stone as Greville Wynne, the British spy who helped end the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The actor, who sports a pencil moustache for the role, has to look gaunt after a spell in prison.
‘He’s a vegan already, so heaven knows what his diet is going to be like,’ remarks a fellow actor.
‘I think Christmas at the Cumberbatches is going to be a bit grim for Ben this year.’
The Sherlock star has to go on a diet until Christmas for his role in the Cold War thriller Ironbark
Acclaimed travel writer Colin Thubron has trekked through some of the world’s most inhospitable landscapes.
However he met his match in Mongolia, breaking a leg and cracking several ribs on his latest trip.
‘I fell off a horse, as one does,’ the 79-year-old tells me breezily.
‘I was writing a book on the Amur river.
‘It was very bad conditions. I was with horsemen and we were stuck in swamps for five days. It had been a long day, so I was very tired and I half fainted on the horse.
‘Then the horse threw me rather badly and rolled over, which didn’t help either. I cracked some ribs as well.
‘I was flown out with my feet still in the stirrups. I got back to England a couple of weeks ago.
‘I’ve never injured myself this badly before on any of my travels, but it won’t slow me down.’