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'Like isn't a strong enough word' - JK Rowling on work of Irish artist who painted her as a chicken

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is the latest in a long list of celebrities to react to being drawn as a yellow chick by an Irish artist.

Paul Broughall (29), from Kildare, has been drawing portraits of celebs as yellow chicks with beaks and sharing them on social media as Artistic Chicks for the past four years.

Many of his subjects, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Kris Jenner, Courtney Cox, Stephen Fry, Cher and more have commented on his work.

This week JK added her name to the list.  When asked by Paul if she liked her portrait, she responded with, "'Like' isn't a strong enough word.'

"It started when I found the chickens in my house and began doing little adventures with them like putting them in a toy 4x4 and some toy African animals in long grass and saying they were on safari and another time I made a Stonehenge from rocks for them to visit," explains Paul.

"It was called 'chick adventures' and one of their adventures was an art class. And I found the art stuff after I finished chick adventures and I just started playing around with ideas and Artistic Chicks was born."

Once Paul started tweeting the celebrities with his creations, many commented on his work. 

"I do it because it's something people enjoy, once they understand it," says Paul, answering the obvious question: 'Why?'

"It just seems to get a reaction from people, a laugh or a discussion and I think that's all any artist can ask for.

"The goal is to get as many celebs to interact with their paintings as possible at home and abroad but the bigger goal is for them to be recognised more in Ireland, to get people talking about it.

"Twink printed hers out for her Terenure Market stall and Steph and Dom from Gogglebox had theirs on their table beside them on TV."

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You can check out Paul's work on Twitter @artisticchicks and Instagram artistichicks

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