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Stormzy's Heavy Is The Head artwork is in the National Portrait Gallery

05 December 2019, 12:49 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Stormzy's artwork for his new album Heavy Is The Head is the latest addition to the walls of London's National Portrait Gallery.

The iconic artwork sees Stormzy with a "H.I.T.H" crown while he looks at the Banksy-designed stab vest he wore during his Glastonbury 2019 headline set.

Celebrating the new portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, which is taken by Mark Mattock, Stormzy said, "it’s an honour".

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The album artwork for Heavy Is The Head has been hung up in the National Portrait Gallery. Thank you to the @nationalportraitgallery it’s an honour. Infiltration. #HITH @kaylumdennis

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According to The Guardian, gallery director Nicholas Cullinan said, "Stormzy has undoubtedly had a significant influence on British culture today, both through his music and work with minority groups and young people, and 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."

His Heavy Is The Head artwork is the third picture of Stormzy to appear in the National Portrait Gallery this year, after two other photos shot by Olivia Rose.

Last week Stormzy revealed he turned down a collaboration with his hero Jay-Z.

Stormzy's Heavy Is The Head album drops 13 December, and is available to pre-order now.
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