'Royal' Painting Unveiled at Beverly Hills Gallery

“Ordinary People, William and Kate” is inspired by the newlywed couple's visit to Los Angeles this week, and its sale will benefit three charities.

A one-of-a-kind painting depicting an angelic Princess Diana looking down on Prince William and his bride Kate was unveiled Wednesday at the David W. Streets Gallery in honor of the royal couple’s visit this week to Los Angeles, which includes a stop in Beverly Hills.

Artist Steven Vaughan believes that William feels his mother’s presence every day and wanted to represent that. In the painting, Diana is shown above the couple, looking on with warmth and approval from her place among the angels, he said.

“This painting is hyper-realism and conceptual art coming together,” Vaughan said. “It is both real and magical at the same time.”

The painting is titled “Ordinary People, William and Kate.”

“I’m happy to do this unveiling here in Beverly Hills to welcome the royal couple,” Streets said. “I worked with Princess Diana on several charity events in the 1980s, and it is so wonderful to see Prince William develop her same style and personality and to take on so many of her causes.”

Several Brits who have relocated to the U.S. attended the gallery event, including actress Alice Amter of The Big Bang Theory and Dame Nadya and Sir Golden Koscuik of Masterpiece Dance Theatre, which is one of the three charities that will benefit from the sale of the painting.

“Diana was a big supporter of children and also the arts, and we do a lot of scholarships for underprivileged kids,” Nadya Koscuik said. “I had the honor of meeting Princess Diana many, many years ago when I was a principal with the Royal Opera Ballet and she was a wonderful human being.”

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the painting, a limited number of giclee prints on canvas and an unlimited number of smaller prints on paper will also benefit Generation Rescue, actress Jenny McCarthy’s autism organization. Vaughan’s daughter is autistic and he credits McCarthy’s program for his child’s improvement. The third charity to benefit will be a children's one that William and Kate will choose.

“It is, hopefully, a beautiful piece of art,” Vaughan said. “But it was also created to help out some really beautiful causes.”

Vaughan plans to send the first hand-signed canvas print to the royal couple. William and Kate are scheduled to arrive Friday at LAX and their first stop will be the Venture Capital & New Media Summit at the .

Nadya Koscuik had some advice for commoners who happen to run into the royal couple while they are in town.

“I would say you should definitely curtsy or do a kind of bow,” she said. “Then tell them what an honor it is to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”

Of course, you shouldn’t do anything at all unless one of the royals gestures to you first.

“Don’t speak unless you’re spoken to,” Nadya Koscuik said.

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Woody McBreairty July 08, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Is this supposed to be a some kind of joke?
Westwoodclassic July 08, 2011 at 12:43 PM
I'm afraid this is no joke. That's just the taste of this particular crowd (easily the most delusional on the planet) which frequents this gallery. If you want to witness a monster show (plastic surgery) just go there and see what it feels when you have landed on a different planet. Just don't forget to pop some happy pills. The painting? Its awfulness is beyond words.
Woody McBreairty July 08, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Why is this considered for media coverage of any kind? This is an embarrassment for the people of Beverly Hills who are not used to such distasteful and petty little publicity stunts. If the painting was good, it would be different. It's god-awful - reminds me of paintings I used to see in Tijuana Mexico except those were better. And of those tacky Elvis Presley paintings on a felt ground that made him look all etherial and angelic. I think the classy folks of Beverly Hills are hoping this mess will soon go away and never be associated with their fair city in the future.
Woody McBreairty July 08, 2011 at 10:18 PM
According to articles I just read on line, David W. Streets is a convicted felon, passing bad checks, fraud, petty theft, right down to pocketing a deposit a customer gave him when he worked in a furniture store. It says he is admittedly mentally challenged, bipolar etc. and has lived a very shady life, highly questionable in character. Is it a surprise, then that he would try to pull off exagerrated appraisals for his own good? Not at all
Westwoodclassic July 09, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Wow, I am impressed! This is really funny: I was aware of these facts and was just going to post that David W Streets is a convicted felon and bipolar, who obviously doesn’t take his meds. And then I read your post. At the same “event” he claimed that in the 80ies he had collaborated with the Princess of Wales on various charitable causes!!! I assume this was during the time when he worked at the furniture store. This man clearly needs help. I am just very allergic to crap art and posers. And no, of course they shouldn’t be given any media space. It infuriates me when these delusional retards use/exploit charities for their own self-promoting agenda to make a quick buck. Unfortunately they will always find charity representatives (as far as they are even real) who are willing to team up with this sort of despicable characters.


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