TV presenter Anthea Turner has revealed her course passion – the love of British punk artist Mark Sloper.
The broadcaster was introduced to the artist’s controversial work by fiance Mark Armstrong two years ago and she is now a major collector of his work.
Anthea says the artist has brought out the ‘weird’ rebellious spirit in her and has embraced an anarchist style in her creative works that are sold around the world.
Punk artist Mark is currently touring the UK following the successful Saatchi show and has a show in New York dedicated to legendary crooner Frank Sinatra.
The artist rose to fame after HRH The Queen saw her painting and asked that her punk portrait be changed, as she didn’t like the tattoo on her neck.
Artist Mark Sloper created the image of the Queen with blue hair, a hooked nose and a love heart adorned. The monarch, 95, found the artwork ‘hilarious’ but requested that her husband Philip’s name tattoo be changed to show her royal coat of arms.
Anthea, 61, said: “When I was younger and presented Top Of The Pops, I was never particularly fond of punk rock, but as I got older, I really got that strange rebellious spirit in all of them. me and I think Mark’s art says it all which is exactly how we’re all feeling right now. I’ve always liked art but as you get older I think you appreciate it more, you figure out what you like and what you don’t.
“I went to Mark’s premiere at Castle Fine Art at St Christopher’s Place in London and was immediately struck by the way he’s made Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe and of course the Queen all iconic. this punk. He has the ability to bring all the great rebels under a punk umbrella through his artistic eye.”
Anthea added: “When I first saw Mark’s artwork at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea a few years ago, I thought this was great. Saatchi’s entire audience gathered around his exhibition and it was more of a party than an art performance.
“I bought one of Mark’s Queens punk cakes and all my friends loved it so much that I bought a few so I could give them to friends. My hair salon now has one and I love it so much for it!
“I have put a neon art piece from Mark titled “always the sun” (a track by Stranglers) in my kitchen and another for my boyfriend.
“Mark is currently working on one of his signature pieces ‘The Queen at the Mansion’ that we all ladies have at home, just like your majesty!
“I love how Mark takes things from the past, like his royal palace, World War 2 flags and the updates, upgrading them to make them relevant for today and keeping the sense of eerie his for everything.
“Even his prints are unique, each decorated with gold, silver and jewels. I have a big pink rainbow punk queen in my study/office and it makes me smile every time I look at her. The work is complex and fascinating. ”
Mark Sloper, 56, said: “I first met Anthea at one of my Saatchi shows in Chelsea and she was talking to my great friend Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers, who was there. to support me. He and I found it a bit odd that she knew so much about punk and knew all the songs of The Stranglers.
“But then I realized, despite looking so young and beautiful, she is still there every day, and we have fools who think Miss Turner will be an Abba fan when she really is. love our naughty loud music!”
Mark’s work was collected by celebrities including Sir Elton John, Sting, Boy George, Danny Dyer, Anthea Turner, John Terry and pistol Sex drummer Paul Cook.
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