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Painting portrait of Queen 'dream come true' for Kiwi artist

Published: 12:29PM Thursday April 10, 2014 Source: ONE News

The artist who painted the portrait of the Queen that is to hang in the New Zealand Portrait Gallery is eagerly awaiting tonight's unveiling.

Nick Cuthell says he's excited to see how people react to the portrait, which will be revealed at an event at Government House attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

"I think it's a fairly elegant painting, simple, direct, and I hope it shows the subject in a good light," he says.

Mr Cuthell travelled to London and spent an hour with the Queen, who sat for photographs and his initial sketch in Buckingham Palace's Yellow Drawing Room.

"Her majesty is a busy woman, so to get an hour with her was great."

"It's literally a dream come true for me. And I'm thrilled that it's going to be hanging here in the New Zealand Portrait Gallery on permanent public display.

"Monarchs have been painted for as long as portraiture has existed, so to be part of that is a huge honour."

The portrait was commissioned by a secret group of young Kiwis to mark the Queen's silver jubilee.

It will be shown for the first time on ONE News tonight at 6.30pm.