‘Harry Potter’ star Emma Watson ‘immortalised by her favourite artist’

Updated: May 26, 2011, 18:12 PM IST

Washington: It has emerged that Emma Watson has been immortalised by her favourite artist Mark Demsteader in his 34 new paintings.

The British actress who admired Demsteader’s art as a schoolgirl had decided to purchase one of his works as a present to herself for her 21st birthday but instead found herself posing for one at the request of the painter.

“There is a gallery in Oxford that I used to look in after school which exhibited Mark’s work. His paintings were always my favourite,” Contactmusic quoted The ‘Harry Potter’ actress as saying.

“For my 21st birthday I decided to contact Mark to buy some of his work. When he asked if he could paint a series of paintings of me, I was a bit nervous about the idea at first but obviously incredibly flattered - it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I am Mark’s biggest fan and I am hugely grateful,” she added.

Demsteader, who has agreed to give 10 percent of his proceeds from the pieces to charity, insisted that it was an honour to work with the star.

“The idea behind them is to make a collection to celebrate Emma’s birthday. I wanted to capture a moment in time, and by making each piece a quick snapshot, I hope to capture Emma as she reaches 21.,” the artist said.

“In some way I hope these works celebrate Emma in what she has achieved already, and in all the many possibilities to come,” he added.

The collection will be exhibited at London’s Panter and Hall Gallery in next month.

ANI