A TALENTED Leeds artist is looking for a home for his patriotic portrait of the Queen as the Diamond Jubilee approaches.
Mohammed Bader Alkinani’s artwork shows a young queen in her royal regalia and was created for Leeds Federated Housing Association as a thank you for all its help and support since he arrived in Leeds.
However without the space to properly display it the association, with Mohammed’s blessing, is now looking for a home where the painting can be showed in its full glory.
Mohammed, who lives in Hyde Park, said: “With the Jubilee coming up I wanted to be part of the celebration and also express my thanks to Leeds Fed.
“They have been so supportive of me and all I want to achieve. I just hope the painting goes to a good home.”
Mohammed has been attending Leeds Fed’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for 18 months to acclimatise himself in his new home.
An artist and university lecturer in his home country of Iraq, he has been living in Leeds for several years and he hopes to use his creative skills to become more involved with the community of which he is now a part.
He said: “I used sky blue in the painting because in the Middle East it is a holy colour and for me it represents the Queen as she is in the sky watching over all of us.
“The Queen inspires me as she has sat in the throne through so many difficult times and through so many different Governments and she has stayed strong. I have respect for her and her history, she is a great lady.”
Leeds Fed Community Development Manager Sue Jennings said: “We are looking for the perfect home for Mohammed’s painting, whether that is a resident with a spare wall or a local organisation with some display space.
“With the Diamond Jubilee coming up we hope there will be lots of patriotic people that could find space for the portrait.
“We are also working with Mohammed to find a creative network that he can get involved with and use his talent.”
If you could give the portrait a home or would like to get in touch with Mohammed call Sue on 0113 386 1000.
To view Mohammed’s work visit http://www.mbader.110mb.com/.