And that is deliberate, said artist
"I wanted his pose to be calm, as if the viewer was in conservation with him and he was listening."
The portrait went on show for the first time on Thursday, in a room of its own just outside this year's
Although there are photo portraits of the Labour politician and former mayor of
It was commissioned after Tift won the 2006
The large square painting shows Livingstone relaxing in his lush garden – a setting chosen by the artist and sitter and reflecting Livingstone's fondness for gardening.
Tift first visited the politician in
"I liked the idea of setting him in his garden rather than against architectural symbols of
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