We are thrilled and honoured that McQueens founder and MD Kally Ellis has been included amongst an illustrious list of 100 subjects for an artwork created by the ‘godfather of British pop art’ Sir Peter Blake. The commission commands attention centre stage in Knightsbridge, which covers the front facade of The Mandarin Oriental hotel whilst a multi-million-pound renovation takes place. The artwork was inspired by Sir Peter’s iconic album cover for the Beatles’ Sergent Petter’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It’s the biggest collage ever created by the artist and is the size of 38 double Decker buses. The imposing work includes 100 prominent faces from around the world of art, entertainment and culture, including Sir Paul McCartney, Dame Maggie Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Christian Louboutin and of course our very own Kally Ellis.
The artwork took over 60 hours to create and was composed by computer with the help of an assistant. The placement was meticulously arranged to accommodate the practicalities of each image and the juxtaposition of colour.
During the 1950’s Blake became known as one of the best British pop artists, with collage becoming a recurring theme in his work. He exhibited with David Hockney in 1961. Now, at 84, he can look back on an illustrious career that has included creating the iconic Do They Know it’s Christmas, Band-aid single artwork and album covers for Paul Wella, Oasis and Eric Clapton. He became a Rotal Academician in 1981, a CBE in 1983, and was knighted in 2002. He is now in ever more demand with commissions and exhibitions for his own unique brand of artistry. The artwork is pretty hard to miss if you are in the area and will remain a fixture until May this year! Click here to see the story of how it was created