EMILY PRESCOTT: Is Prince Harry so toxic that punk artist Mark Sloper is going to lose a small fortune by featuring him in a Jubilee-themed neon portrait
His neon artworks of the Queen fetch five-figure sums. But punk artist Mark Sloper has discovered that there is no demand for another of his Royal subjects – Prince Harry.
He spent a small fortune creating the likeness of the Duke of Sussex with ‘potential H-bomb’ written across it in neon – a phrase that features in the Sex Pistols’ controversial 1977 hit God Save The Queen – but now fears he will have to scrap it.
‘No one wants to buy it,’ he tells me. ‘There is absolutely zero interest. It is currently sitting in the studio and is worth about ten grand, but I think I will have to take it to bits.’
Punk artist Mark Sloper, pictured, believes he lost a small fortune creating his latest art work
Some of his pieces featuring The Queen sell for £12,500, but he believes his Prince Harry artwork, featuring lyrics from God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols
He believes his subject has become too ‘toxic’, adding: ‘All my works of the Queen sell out immediately, so it appears that the British public dislike him.’
The Queen pieces – which sell for £12,500 each – are not the only royal portraits that do well. His Kate Middleton quickly sold for thousands.
Sloper, who works under the name Illuminati Neon, says the Queen is ‘the only member of the Royal Family I like’, adding that all her children are ‘brats’.
He has even submitted portraits of Her Majesty to the Royal Household for approval, including one featuring the Monarch with blue hair and a nose ring. He was told the Queen ‘burst out laughing’ when she saw it – but that the Prince Philip tattoo he’d given her was too much, and that the Royal crest would have been preferred. ‘I never got the print back so assume it may be hanging in her toilet,’ he has said.
Tracey Emin demanded a piece of her neon artwork be removed from Downing Street following the Partygate scandal. That is now in the British Embassy in Paris.
Speaking at London’s Castle Fine Art Gallery, Sloper said he would like a piece of his work in No 10 and that he’d heard that aides now wanted ‘a more funky image’.