Australian artist David Bromley unveiled his impressive art installation onboard Cunard’s iconic Queen Elizabeth.

Bromley has been on board the ship creating his masterpiece over 72 hours and is known for his evocative portraits.

He is known for his extraordinary artistic energy, came to Australia by ship as a Ten-Pound-Pom many decades ago and hasn’t sailed since.

The six-time Archibald finalist created multiple canvases each measuring 1.5 x 1.8 metres within dedicated onboard art studios including the ship’s three-storey Grand Lobby, the iconic Queens Room, the outside deck and even the bridge while Queen Elizabeth sailed from Melbourne to Sydney.

David Bromley in action onboard Queen Elizabeth
David Bromley in action onboard Queen Elizabeth

Upon the ship’s arrival into Sydney, the canvases were assembled into an oversized final masterpiece of 3.6 x 6.9 metres reflecting Bromley’s distinctive pop sensibility and exclusively revealed in front of the world-famous backdrop of Sydney Harbour.

David Bromley, known for his extraordinary artistic energy, said the challenge was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and he felt compelled to paint a monumental piece befitting the scale of Queen Elizabeth.

“I came to Australia by ship as a ‘Ten-Pound Pom’ many decades ago and haven’t sailed since. Being on this incredible vessel inspired me in so many ways. My new artwork reflects what a journey at sea feels like, how Cunard’s timeless luxury creates a wonderful sense of occasion and freedom,” Mr Bromley said.

David Bromley with the Sydney Harbour in the back drop
David Bromley with the Sydney Harbour in the back drop

Bromley’s masterwork will be displayed on Queen Elizabeth before being auctioned off with proceeds going to preferred charity partner Lifechanger, which empowers young people to live thriving, resilient lives.

Cunard President Katie McAlistair said: “In a first for the brand and marking Queen Elizabeth’s first call to Sydney of the season, we are honoured David Bromley took on the challenge to create this unique masterpiece. It beautifully captures the atmosphere and experience that can only be enjoyed while at sea on board a Cunard Queen.

“Art is part of Cunard’s history and our DNA. We have over 200 artists in our portfolio, ranging from 20th century masters to some exciting newcomers which are regularly rotated. Once our new ship Queen Anne sets sail in May, our fleet will be the largest art gallery at sea.”

Queen Elizabeth is currently undertaking her 2023/24 Melbourne and Sydney homeport season and is sailing 13 itineraries in total across Australia and New Zealand before heading to Japan on 13 March 2024. In addition to Queen Elizabeth, Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria will visit Sydney in early 2024.

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