Artist Lincoln Townley was lucky enough to meet The Godfather himself, Mr. Al Pacino, on his recent short trip to the UK and was able to present to him in person an exclusive finished portrait. Jayjay Epega finds out more….
Lincoln Townley, who paints in a dedicated studio at home in Cheshire, is fast becoming one of the world’s most renowned artists, and has been specialising in celebrity portraits with the likes of Actors Russell Brand, Gary Oldman, Mickey Rourke, Madonna, Sir John Hurt and most recently, Charlie Sheen. Townley has also painted collections related to London’s Soho red light district and his own life journey, which is reflected in his book published in 2014 by Simon and Schuster, called The Hunger.
This late spring, he was honoured to meet and present a completed work to The Godfather himself, the one and only legendary Al Pacino, when the Hollywood actor returned to England to appear on the London stage to present a Q&A about his life. The Oscar-winning star appeared in a second “Evening With…” after sparking a new flood of stage interviews in the capital with celebrities including Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Travolta, following his appearance at the London Palladium in 2013. Townley was delighted to personally catch up with him during this very special trip.
What motivates Townley’s diverse body of work, from capturing the raw essence of Hollywood legends, to expressing his own pain and suffering? “I express myself without fear. I descend into familiar, dark places, which, on many occasions, have almost consumed me,” the artist confesses. “But isn’t that what being an artist means? To paint without restraint, to face the fear of death, violence, insignificance, to know that that the chaos bubbling just below the surface, those unconscious forces we can neither name nor control, has something to teach us about what it means to be alive. I almost drank and drugged myself to death and painting my demons is my way of staying alive. If I wasn’t painting them, they’d destroy me. It may not always be easy on the eye or soft on the heart but my work is honest and I can only paint my truth.”
Another exciting highlight for the artist is news that the American CEO of BAFTA in Los Angeles has commissioned a portrait of an iconic star (it has exclusively been revealed to The Luxury Channel to be Sir Michael Caine), to be presented to the actor at the Britannia Awards in Hollywood in October, in front of a star-studded audience. Townley will in the meantime be heading to Los Angeles this summer with his family to follow up on new commissions with major celebrity names that include Robert Downey Jr., Joaquin Phoenix and Martin Sheen. His next grand event will be this Autumn, when he will hold an exhibition of his work at The Royal Academy.
For further details, please visit www.lincolntownley.com.