The magnificent, eye-catching lion sculptures have been transformed into unique works of art by some of the world's leading artists, designers, illustrators, mosaicists, print makers and street artists.
Lion artists include iconic fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes; former Studio Director of Christian Lacroix, Craig Wheatley; celebrity Thai jeweller and member of the Thai Royal family, Rojanatorn Na Songkhla; and mother and daughter fine artists Lélia and Lyora Pissarro, descendants of celebrated French impressionist Camille Pissarro.
Lion artists travelled from Paris, New York, Hong Kong and Thailand to paint their lions, which were gathered together for the media launch by Windsor Castle in July and went on display on World Lion Day in August, delighting and entrancing hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors from around the world over the ten week public art sculpture trail.
You can find out more about the lions and cubs and their artists' inspiration on the Lions page of the website.
Iconic fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes with 'Winston Wiggles', decorated in spectacular Zandra Rhodes style!
'Le Roi des Fleurs' with his artist, the former Studio Director at Christian Lacroix, Craig Wheatley, who works with fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Kookai, Schiaparelli, Isabel Marant, Berluti, Barbara Bui, Astrid Elisee, Fête Impériale and interior designer brands Designers Guild and Vista Alegre.
'Diamond Empress' artist Anna Kompaniets has worked with the late Alexander McQueen, Andrew Logan, Hew Locke and Vivienne Westwood and her stunning work has been displayed at Tate Britain, Turner Contemporary and The Globe Theatre.
Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his colourful fabric, knitting, needlepoint, patchwork, painting and mosaic work. He was the first living textile artist to have a one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which attracted such crowds that the Museum doubled attendance figures and the exhibition toured to nine countries, including Iceland where 5% of the country's population attended! Kaffe painted the fabulous 'Rose Marble Lion', displayed in the heart of Windsor this summer.
Artist Lélia Pissarro with her beautiful 'Lioness is More' and Welsh Guards at the event media launch in July. Lélia follows in the footsteps of her great-grandfather, French impressionist Camille Pissarro. She sold her first canvas to a New York art dealer when she was only four years old and at fifteen, exhibited at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris. Her work is now exhibited in galleries around the world, including The Mall Gallery in London, major museums in Japan and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lélia's daughter Lyora Pissarro also painted a lion, creating a mini-Pissarro pride!
Lélia's daughter, Lyora Pissarro, with her stunning lion 'Alan Howland'. Lyora lives in New York and flew over to the UK especially to decorate her lion for sponsor Winsor & Newton. Lélia and Lyora painted their lions side by side in the the conservatory of their family home. Lyora said: "I’ve enjoyed this project so much and working with my mother has been such fun. I truly support the importance of the Lions of Windsor project, making art accessible and spreading colour and joy to the streets of England has been an amazing honor".
Described as the ultimate young painter in GQ magazine, Lyora sold her first painting at 6 years old and her work is now shown in galleries around the world, including the Christopher Clark Gallery (San Francisco), Stern Pissarro Gallery (London), Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery (New York City) and Galerie d’Orsay (Boston).
Lion artist MrASingh adding the finishing touches to 'LifeLion', which was displayed this summer at The Gallery at Ice in Windsor High Street.
MrASingh is a multi award-winning artist and digital influencer whose art has attracted over 30 million views on social media. He has collaborated with major brands all over the world and his work has featured in more than 20 exhibitions in American, the UK and Europe including The Wallace Collection, The Ritz and The Savoy in London. The wallaby sculpture he painted recentlyfor the 'Wallabies Gone Wild' public art trail, sold for £16,000 at the charity auction.