Image: Saied Dai, ‘Theresa May’
Saied Dai on his Theresa May portrait: ‘Thank God I didn’t have to paint Boris!’
The garlanded artist reveals the ‘intimate and intense’ process of looking for the person behind the politician to make his surprisingly humanising painting of the former PM
Earlier this week, the Parliamentary Art Collection unveiled, to great acclaim, its newest item: a portrait of Theresa May by the British painter Saied Dai.
The painting was commissioned by the Speaker’s advisory committee on works of art , which serves to memorialise public servants who have made a significant contribution to UK political life. May’s inclusion, the parliamentary blurb notes, “recognises her service to the constituents of Maidenhead since 1997, as well as the variety of positions she has held since then”.
These positions include, of course, being the home secretary who devised the hostile environment and the prime minister who failed to deliver Brexit, neither of which exactly endeared her to a divided public.
8 September 2023
By Dale Berning Sawa