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September 29, 2002
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A series of striking portraits of the Prince of Wales by British artist Alla Tkachuk goes on display at London’s Ebury Galleries on Tuesday, in an exhibition that promises to reveal a different perspective of the heir to the throne.

The five unusual portraits, for which Alla was given access to the Prince at Highgrove, include one painting of Charles sporting sunglasses and another where he is portrayed as “ethnic” and “multi-cultured”. The main work, Quatre Portrait, consists of four dynamic images of the Prince, reflecting the painter’s belief that subjects “can best be captured by observing them in action, where gestures, mannerisms and stance are more revealing than a static pose”.

The Russian-born artist tells that she hopes the paintings effectively convey the Prince’s many facets. “I am a modern portrait painter and Prince Charles is a modern, forward-looking man,” explains Alla. “His situation is interesting. He is a private man with a public role. Like all of us, he has many sides to his personality.”

Charles, who has said he is “impressed by the quality” of the portraits, is the first member of the Royal Family with whom Alla has worked – but she hopes he isn’t the last. “I would very much like to work with Prince William or Harry in the future,” she tells us, “if the opportunity arose.”

The paintings will be exhibited at the Ebury Galleries for two weeks, beginning on October 1.

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One of the five paintings of Prince Charles, sketched by artist Alla Tkachuk during a sitting at Highgrove, portrays the Prince sporting a pair of shades
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The "ethnic, multi-cultured" image was a result of the painter's interests in the notion of a modern man

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