Sir Michael Caine and his beautiful wife, Lady Shakira Caine, made a rare and exciting appearance at Lincoln Townley’s Celebrity Private View of the ICONS Presentation which took place at the sumptuous Somerset House on the Strand in Central London. The legendary actor wanted to personally participate in the celebrations and take a look at all of Lincoln’s work, which he loves, and described the artist as the “next Andy Warhol.”
Lincoln Townley has become one of the world’s best known contemporary artists. The artist, who had an upbringing in London, had fallen into a fast life of addiction and decadence, but he is now truly a solid and living example of how with focus, dedication and indeed talent, you can change your life and change your destiny.
He is now celebrated internationally and is even BAFTA’s Artist in Residence in Los Angeles. With all this hard work, he has built up a superlative portfolio of brilliant celebrity portraits, with an impressive roll call of names in the collections; amongst which are Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Charlie Sheen, Leonardo Di Caprio, Sir John Hurt, beautiful portraits of the late David Bowie and Prince, a stunning 90th birthday special portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and of course, an iconic and unusual portrait of Sir Michael Caine.
Lincoln recently headlined the hugely successful “Brit Week” in Los Angeles where he unveiled his quadriptych birthday portrait of HM The Queen, a person he regards as the true ultimate icon. He said: “My ICONS collection covers some of the most famous faces in the world and The Portico Rooms at Somerset House is a perfect location to show the power of the works. The collection launched three years ago, after I painted Russell Brand, and I have since been fortunate enough to have been invited to paint some of the most famous faces the world and explore the fascination of ‘celebrity’.”
Lincoln’s career has been exceptional, indeed intriguing. It is has been particularly fascinating to see the phenomenal trajectory of his journey in art, and we can only hold our breaths to see what further excitement he has planned in the pipeline!
Lincoln’s work can be seen at Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, London (www.maddoxgallery.co.uk) and Art Angels in Los Angeles (www.artangels.net). To find out more about the artist, visit www.lincolntownley.com.