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Just when you though Ed Sheeran couldn’t get any more famous, his face is now set to grace the walls of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Belfast-based artist, Colin Davidson, created the oil painting in 2015 after a chance encounter with Ed’s dad – who just so happens to be an art historian and curator.

The singer’s father, John Sheeran, suggested that Ed sit for the 4ft by 4ft canvas painting.

Sure, Ed is used to posing for photos and talking selfies with fans, but sitting for an oil painting is a totally different ball game.

However, according to Smooth Radio, Ed actually enjoyed taking time out from his busy schedule to sit for the painting.

Colin, who has also painted Brad Pitt and Kenneth Branagh, seemed to enjoy the process as well saying “It has been a true privilege to get to know Ed and his family.”

“It is my hope that this new portrait offers an alternative insight, one which allows the viewer to glimpse the source of Ed’s unique creativity.”

The portrait will be displayed in the National Portrait Gallery from Wednesday May 3.

Ed will join the likes of Paul McCartney and Oscar Wilde who also have portraits hung in the gallery. 

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We’ve all done something we shouldn’t have – broken a vase, glass or treasured possession.

Sometimes, there was nothing to do but ‘fess up; on other occasions… we ran like the wind and later blamed a younger sibling.

But for one boy recently, there was NO WHERE to hide when he caused significant damage to a three-and-half-century old painting, valued at €1.3m.

The 12-year-old was in a museum in Taipei in Taiwan yesterday when he tripped, subsequently breaking his fall by putting his hand through the valuable piece of art: a Paolo Porpora (1617-1673) oil painting entitled Flowers which stands at 2metres tall and which was on loan from Italy.

CCTV footage captured in the incident – and it all makes for rather painful viewing.

In the clip, you can see the hapless young lad following a guided tour when he suddenly stumbles and falls, punching a hole through the canvas. He looks around desperately in the aftermath, before being lead off forlorn by the tour guide.

Focus Taiwan reports that the exhibition's curator, Andrea Rossi, has asked for the boy's family to be excused from bearing any associated restoration costs.

Instead, he is hopeful that the insurance company will pay for all necessary expenses.

Local and international news interest in the incident has been significant – with a smaller copy of the painting being used during a press conference yesterday evening to explain to gathered reporters the extent of the damage (a fist-sized hole currently remains in the canvas).

The painting was on loan as part of the Face Of Leonardo, Images Of A Genius exhibition; some 50 paintings by Italian Renaissance artists are on display in the Taiwanese capital.

The accident caused the organisers to temporarily close admissions before reopening yesterday afternoon.

Flowers will be restored in Taiwan by Mr Rossi before being shipped back to Italy.

 

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This is unbelievably shocking to say the very least!

Paintings of the awful moment Charles Saatchi grabbed his ex-wife Nigella Lawson by the throat outside a restaurant in London, are being sold on his website.

Seven images of the moment, which sparked the downfall of their marriage, have appeared on SaatchiArt.com, an American based site that is closely linked to his gallery in London.

Saatchi spoke about the paintings, saying: “Would it have been a better story if I had censored artists whose work might be personally disobliging?”

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Kate Middleton’s official painting may have been a disaster, but she is loving an unusual unofficial one!

Tom Sutton-Smith was dared by his friends to create an alternative to the controversial Paul Emsley painting created in 2012 – and it looks like a hit!

The artist explained his painting to Vanity Fair, saying: “[Kate is] kind of sparkly and I wanted to convey that in the eyes and mouth.”

Prince William was said to be delighted when they were gifted with the painting, reportedly saying: “Wow! It’s brilliant! That’s going up in my room.”

It was also said that Kate herself held the painting for some time, and seemed quite taken with it.

Do you think it is better than the original official painting?

Paul Emsley’s official portrait of the Duchess

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Tom Sutton-Smith’s unofficial portrait of the Duchess

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With such a vast range of colours to choose from, it can be very easy to just pick a colour we love rather than thinking about how it affects the room as a whole.

Below are some suggestions for what colours should go in each room and how they can positively affect the people in them.

1. Kitchen

The colour red is known to stimulate the appetite. Good for Mc Donald’s? Definitely. For your home, perhaps not. Warm colours are also generally avoided in a kitchen as they make a room look small and overcrowded. Neutrals such as taupe or beige work very well in kitchen as do muted greens such as sage.

2. Bathroom

The bathroom is a place that should be bright and airy. However it should also be a haven of relaxation. One way to maintain this balance is to paint one or two walls (depending on the shape) a darker, bolder colour, such as a navy or orange and leave the rest a bright neutral colour such as white, which is associated with cleanliness.

3. Living room

This is a room in which you will spend quite a lot of time, so it has been suggested you keep the living room a muted neutral colour that will promote both calming and warming properties. In order to relax it is best to avoid stimulating red and oranges. Muted greens, yellows and beiges would work well in a living room. Rich browns/blues also work well, but they will make a small room even smaller.

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