MADONNA: IN THE FLESH

Scots painter Peter Howson's 10-piece exhibition opened today (April 10) at the MacLaurin Gallery in Ayr...

The artist behind new nude paintings of Madonna fears the star’s husband Guy Ritchie will want to hit him when he sees the work.

Peter Howson, one of Madonna‘s favourite artists, unveiled 10 new paintings of the Queen of Pop at a small gallery in Ayr, Scotland, today (April 10). He said he was disappointed he had not heard Madonna‘s reaction to the work, which he painted from memory, even though he had sent her copies several weeks ago.

“I believe Madonna would be both flattered and pleased that I had done this,” he said adding that Ritchie’s reaction might not be so upbeat.

“I think he’ll probably come and hit me. But if he’s a man of wisdom and integrity, he’ll be quite pleased with them, I imagine,” he told Ananova.

The new portraits are designed to show Madonna as a powerful and charismatic person as well as touch on her religious upbringing, Howson said.

The two most controversial larger works – called ‘Death And Madonna’ and ‘Madonna 2002’ – are also meant to show different aspects of her life and public image, from her good and motherly side to her “dirty and evil one”, the artist added.

As revealed on NME.COM last week, galleries in New York, Paris and Los Angeles had been clamouring to house the exhibition, titled simply New Works, but Scotsman Howson was keen to keep it on home soil.

It will run at the MacLaurin Art Gallery from April 13 to June 4.