‘She sat for him 12 times’: The Nigerian artist who made a bronze sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II in London and is now dating the monarch
Sculptor Michael Rix is already a household name in London
Says he hopes to attract the monarchs of African countries to Britain
Rix won a bronze crown at the National Art Show in London in February
Rix was rejected by Queen Elizabeth because of his blackface photos with black friends
He is now dating the monarch
Rix has also turned his attention to the Queen of England’s husband, Prince Phillip
A Nigerian-born sculptor has been chosen to put Queen Elizabeth II on her feet in bronze, and is already attracting controversy for his choice of subject.
Michael Rix came to Britain from Nigeria in 1977 and has been a professional artist for 37 years.
His latest creation at the National Art Show in London this year was the bronze sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II sitting on a throne, wearing a crown, made of bronze and painted blue.
The sculpture was the artist’s own creation, based on a photograph of the Queen as a young woman.
The artist told the BBC he had wanted to create a female figure from her, with a head that would be ‘a symbol of her life, her character and her personality’, but said his choice of subject had made him vulnerable to criticism.
Michael Rix, the creator of the Queen’s bronze sculpture, has been on holiday in the French seaside resort of Saint Tropez with his family.
The artist, 47, from the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt, said he has been holidaying with his family in the French resort on the Mediterranean coast.
He said: ‘I think that it’s time for us to celebrate what is British.
‘For me it’s the English who invented these statues of the queen, so I think it is fair to honour them.’
Now he is hoping to attract the monarchs of African countries to Britain, saying he is’very interested’ in dating royalty from his native country, Nigeria.
According to his biography, Rix was born in Lagos and arrived in London in 1977, after graduating from the University of Manchester.
He had planned to