Boxer Amir Khan takes selfie as portrait goes on public show at Bolton Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 29 January 2015

Star promises to sign daughter up to library as Sky Arts portrait is unveiled in Bolton

A photo of a man standing in front of a painted portrait of himself on a gallery wall
Boxer Amir Khan enjoys reintroducing himself to Christian Hook's painting© Barry Yearsley / Bolton Museum
Perhaps Britain’s finest active boxer, Amir Khan, has paid a visit to Bolton Museum to see an award-winning portrait of him which was hung by curators shortly before his arrival.

Christian Hook’s painting of the current WBC Silver Welterweight title holder – who is hoping for a Wembley showdown with five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr in May – helped the artist reach the final of the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2014, which he won with a portrait of another Boltonian, the actor Sir Ian McKellan.

"It's great, I really like it,” said Khan, who posed and took a selfie in front of the portrait alongside Councillor John Byrne, the Cabinet Member for Culture who he had previously met while filming a programme about the competition before Christmas.

A photo of a man standing in front of a painted portrait of himself on a gallery wall
Khan won Silver at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004© Barry Yearsley / Bolton Museum
“Being a Boltonian, I'm really pleased that it's on display in Bolton Museum.

"The child's hand in the bottom right hand corner represents my charity work.

“And when my daughter Lamaisah is old enough I'm going to sign her up to the library."

The former Olympic medallist later tweeted to Bolton Library and Museum Services and Hook: “Great time seeing my portrait today.”

  • The painting is on public display at Bolton Museum. Open 9am-5pm (9.30am-5pm Wednesday, 10am-4pm Sunday). Admission free. Follow the Library and Museum Services on Twitter @boltonlms.

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