Sunday 20 August 2017

Irish artist's impressive portrait of Ed Sheeran to go on display at London's National Portrait Gallery

Ed Sheeran posed for the artist for three hours Photo: Damien Eagers
Ed Sheeran posed for the artist for three hours Photo: Damien Eagers
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

An Irish artist's portrait painting of chart-topping star Ed Sheeran is due to be unveiled at a UK museum on Wednesday.

Belfast-based artist Colin Davidson created the painting after he met with the singer's father, who is an art historian and curator.

The National Portrait Gallery in London already has a photograph of the musician on display and has now acquired the first portrait painted of the star since he started his professional career.

Ed Sheeran took to Instagram today to tell people to "check owwwwwwt" the painting when it goes on show.

Sheeran posed for the artist for three hours at his Suffolk home back in 2015.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Davidson said: “When painting a portrait I am looking for the moment when the person is almost unaware of me being there and I feel I got it with Ed.

"I deliberately didn’t want Ed to perform and that was odd for him. There is a youthful aspect to the portrait but also something experienced beyond his years."

The Belfast man has also previously painted Jamie Dornan, Brad Pitt and Angela Merkel.

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said: "I am very pleased that the National Portrait Gallery has been able to acquire this striking portrait of Ed Sheeran, who is undoubtedly one of today's most popular and influential musicians and singer-songwriters."

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