‘The first time I’ve been emotional painting the Queen’: Mural appears at Queen’s Arms in Manchester | UK News

Queen’s Arms is one of the most popular names for pubs in the UK, and Audenshaw in Greater Manchester is no exception.

So it looks like this will be the location for a lifelike and captivating portrait of the Queen.

It might seem difficult to call it a mural, but its creator, Scott Wilcock says it just is. A work of art created in public, for the public to enjoy.

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“I call it a mural, which I created with an aerial paintbrush,” he says.

“For the Platinum Jubilee, I created seven portraits in towns around the country, and it was to mark a really fun event.

“This is the first time I’ve drawn an emotive Queen.

“It started out like any other portrait, but hearing and reading the tributes to the Queen as I was painting it, I realized how important she is to all of us.

“I hope this can be a fitting tribute that people will enjoy.”

Queen’s Arms general manager, Cara Campbell, said: “We were named after her and so we clearly felt the need to do some form of tribute to her.

“I think the locals here will be very disappointed if we don’t. This has exceeded all of our expectations. It’s perfect and we will never put it off.”

Scott Wilcock and Cara Campbell with the mural
Scott Wilcock and Cara Campbell with the mural

For Scott, from Wigan, the portrait is also a tribute to his grandmother, Iris.

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Iris was born in the same year as the Queen, she married the same year, and sadly she also passed away this year, aged 96.

“All the time I draw it, I think about my nan,” says Scott.

“And all the things she used to say about the royal family, who she loved.”

But when I asked him if he was going to paint a similar mural for his nan, the answer was no.

“That,” he said, “would be too emotional.”

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