Saturday 22 July 2017

Irish artist's portrait of star Ed is unveiled

Ed Sheeran with the portrait by Belfast artist Colin Davidson at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Photo: PA
Ed Sheeran with the portrait by Belfast artist Colin Davidson at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Photo: PA
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

An Irish artist's portrait painting of chart-topping star Ed Sheeran is due to be unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London today.

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

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

Speaking to the 'Evening Standard', Davidson said: "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.

Irish Independent

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