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Stormzy portrait hung in National Portrait Gallery

A photographic portrait of London rapper Stormzy has been hung in the National Portrait Gallery.

The picture, by Mark Mattock, shows Stormzy with a crown of letters spelling HITH imposed around his head, representing his new album, Heavy is the Head. In the photo he is looking down at the Union Jack stab vest made by Banksy for his performance at this year's Glastonbury festival.

Mark Mattock's portrait of Stormzy now on show at the National Portrait Gallery Credit: Mark Mattock

Gallery director Nicholas Cullinan said he was hoping to acquire the picture for the gallery's permanent collection.

Stormzy has undoubtedly had a significant influence on British culture today, both through his music and work with minority groups and young people.

We hope our visitors will enjoy the juxtaposition of this new work with historic paintings of influential figures from the Victorian era, from politicians, royalty and radicals to artists, sporting heroes and singers.

– Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery