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UK painter displays naked Blair painting

A UK painter has displayed a painting with naked Tony and Cherie in protest against Iraq War and even won an award for it!

art and culture Updated: Jun 06, 2007 15:21 IST

British artist Michael Sandle has created a three-panel painting that depicts British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Blair naked on the steps of 10 Downing Street.

The painting, according to the BBC, forms the centrepiece of the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition.

71-year-old Sandle created the painting, titled Iraq Triptych, to register his protest against the war.

"I suddenly felt overcome with anger at the way Blair has messed up," he was quoted by The Guardian, as saying.

The Summer Exhibition, now in its 239th year, is billed as the world's largest display of contemporary art.

Sandle's Iraq Triptych has been put up in Gallery V, and has been awarded the exhibition's Hugh Casson prize for drawing. The work, in charcoal and chalk, is based on medieval paintings of Adam and Eve being banished from the Garden of Eden. Side panels show Iraqi civilians being abused by British troops.

More than 13,000 works were submitted to the Royal Academy this year, before judges whittled them down to a final list of 1,200.