Bradford artist Simone Malik creates clay sculpture of the Queen
BRADFORD artist Simone Malik created a clay sculpture of the late Queen Elizabeth after she felt compelled to create a piece of tactile art to mark the deep respect she had for Her Majesty.
Simone is an award-winning artist, well known for her portraits, although she has also created artwork for the police.
Simone said her latest creation for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was purely instinctive and created with her own hands showing the Queen at peace, but with a regal personality.
She said: “As an artist, I felt compelled to pay tribute to the life of a remarkable and admirable leader; one who has dedicated his entire life to the unstinting service of his country. It is only natural that when someone ‘one precious is lost, we don’t want to let go.
“Completing my statue bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was an attempt to restore her existence through imagery, in my own way, in a 3D format as I am primarily an artist who works with oil paints on canvas and pencils.
“My statue is made of clay, which was then painted. All completed with modeling through my hands and basic hand tools. The goal was not a very accurate portrait as I didn’t have any sitting with the queen but more of an artist representation and visual memory of the queen from previous years Her Majesty reigned for a very long time and the faces change over the years so my latest piece captures an overall representation not a portrait as such.
“Eyes peacefully closed, but with a regal look complemented by jewels – the statue is in every way, the queen. This piece is the first in a series of statues that I will be completing of her. She was our queen. I am Bradford was born and raised and she has always been in my life. I was proud that she was our queen. There is a void now and I wanted to do something relatable with my own hands.
Simone, who is linked to former One Direction star Zayn Malik, said the Queen’s death sparked the need to produce the piece or artwork and she hopes to create a life-size sculpture of Her Majesty as part of a collection which she plans to complete and present in a public exhibition.
She then hopes to donate the collection to a charity that Queen Elizabeth loved to support.