Media interest is reaching a fevered pitch on the subject of the wedding between Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton, whom he met at school in Scotland. Prince William is, of course, the son of Charles (Prince of Wales) and Diana (Princess of Wales) and is second in line to the throne of England.
As with anything Royal Family-related, especially when it comes to weddings, the media in the UK and all over the world can’t get enough and former Montreal artist André Monet is adding his unique sensibilities to the mix. Monet, a recent transplant to London, shows his works with the prestigious Opera Gallery, who’ve worked with Picasso and Andy Warhol in the past, and who chose him to paint a portrait of the royal couple.
He is renowned for his celebrity portraits– Mick Jagger, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and more – which he creates by painting with a toothbrush over bits of newsprint and magazines. He will create the portrait from photographs and a collage relating to the history of the Royal Family and of Great Britain. The Royal family has been informed of Andre Monet’s work and the artist’s proofs might be given to them as a present.
In Montreal, you can find André Monet’s work at the Lydia Monaro Gallery. I caught up with André in London, to ask him about what he misses about Montreal…
What do you do? I am an artist. I am now creating a series of preliminary sketches of Prince William and Kate. (Heads up visitors to Montreal: André will be soon sending some of these to his Montreal gallery)
When you were here, which was your favourite local bar? Again, there are so many to choose from, but Bily Kun was one of my best liked.
Which boutique did you like? I sort of shop all over, but love going down to Old Montreal to Reborn on St. Paul.
And what is your favourite area of the city? Well, that is difficult. Mile End, Little Italy, they are all great, but maybe Old Montreal.
Montreal is lucky enough to have lots of green spaces, but which do you like best? The Parc Avenue part of Mont-Royal, where the Tam Tams are is fun in the summer and walking the mountain is great in winter.
Which Montreal artist do you admire? Sylvain Tremblay is one of my favourites.
What do you miss most about Montreal? Watching hockey with my friends at Magnan Tavern.
Galerie Lydia Monaro, 34 Saint Paul West.