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Gay celebrities’ favorite artist sells painting for $50,000

Ross Watson’s Caravaggio-influenced oil painting sold to a private collector in New York for $50,000 (Australia dollars, $50,300, €40,000)
Detail from Ross Watson’s Untitled 01-12 (after Caravaggio, 1600; featuring Kris Evans)

Australian fine artist Ross Watson, whose paintings hang in the homes of Sir Elton John and Sir Ian McKellan, has sold his latest work for $50,000 (Australian dollars, $50,300, €40,000).

The piece, sold to a private collector in New York, places Bel Ami porn actor Kris Evans in the center of a detail from Caravaggio’s The Calling of St Matthew.

‘Whilst Evan's career choice is condemned by some,’ reads the description of the work, ‘this fine painting evokes the compassion and differentiation inherent in many catholics today to issues of morality, which in contrast, the Vatican continues to condemn.’

Watson’s paintings feature gay role models such as Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham and the British army’s Lance Corporal James Wharton.

Earlier this year British comedian Stephen Fry sat for a portrait for Watson. The portrait will be part of an exhibition in aid of the Terrace Higgins Trust at The Gallery in Redchurch Street in London from 25 September to 7 October.

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