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Artist still hoping to meet his patron

By Brian McDonald

Nobody is more pleased at the Queen's visit than one of her favourite artists — a Northern Irishman.

Sculptor and painter Rick Lewis confirmed that he had not yet received a Royal invitation, but hopes to eventually meet the Queen, who holds several pieces of his work.

Eight works of his art in all are held privately by the Queen in her private collection at Buckingham Palace.

The Mayo-based artist — originally from Co Down — was also commissioned by the Queen Mother to portray Prince Charles' inauguration as Master of the Royal Order of Bath. The piece is unique as it is the only representation of Prince Charles with a moustache.

His work as a sculptor and painter gained him international renown throughout the 1970s and 1980s as a result of the Royal commissions.

Although born in Co Down, he worked for much of his life in London with firm Thomas Goode and Co.

Some years ago the Queen personally wrote to him to express her admiration of his work.

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