Diamond Jubilee: Norwich artist creates Queen in banknotes

Portrait of the Queen created from bank notes
Image caption The portrait features bank notes with a face value of about £10,000

A portrait of the Queen, created from hundreds of banknotes, has gone on display to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

The 7ft (2.1m) picture, produced by Norfolk artist Terry Woodvine, uses a mix of real and counterfeit notes with a face value of about £10,000.

Mr Woodvine, 37, from Brundall, said: "I'm extremely pleased with the result. It was a real labour of love and an ongoing process of experimentation."

The painting is on show at Norwich's Open centre until the end of June.

Mr Woodvine said: "[The portrait] is from a series I created 10 years ago when the country was much more prosperous in terms of money, so it seemed the most natural material to use.

"I was trying to use the notes in their purest form. The flag was perfect as I had all the colours already, but in certain places I had to add shade and light to the face with paint."

Mr Woodvine graduated in 1998 from the Norwich School of Art and Design, now the Norwich University College of the Arts.

The portrait was originally created for the Golden Jubilee and has come to Norwich after being displayed at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London. It took Mr Woodvine four months to create.

He said: "I'd hope the Queen would approve - it's 10 years old now, so clearly she looks slightly younger. The emphasis for me was to paint her as accurately as possible."

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