A PORTRAIT of Scots singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has been unveiled at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

Scottish artist Gerard Burns was commissioned by GCU to create the painting of the 64-year-old, who is the chancellor of the university, starting on the work last autumn.

The picture, which was completed in March, depicts Lennox in the chancellor’s robes, with the university’s motto, For the Common Weal, at the top in gold letters in Latin, Gaelic and Scots.

On seeing the painting for the first time, alongside Burns, staff, students and specially invited guests, Lennox said she was “honoured” to have had the work commissioned.

“As chancellor of GCU, I’m honoured to be included in the tradition of having my portrait painted,” she said.

“Scots artist Gerard Burns has done a stalwart job and I’m delighted to be back in Glasgow to graduate the amazing students, who’ve all worked so hard to reach their goals.”

Burns said: “I was pretty star-struck meeting Annie Lennox, and I have to admit It took me a wee bit of time to catch my breath and get my head around photographing Annie Lennox the icon and, more importantly, getting to know ‘Annie’ the person,” he said.

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“Painting someone so iconic brings its own pressures and challenges. I have always admired Annie for her formidable talent and the incredible characters she created for her visually extravagant videos.”

Burns said he tried to capture the “real essence, defining quality” of Lennox.

Professor Pamela Gillies, vice-chancellor of GCU, said: “We are deeply privileged to have as our chancellor someone so widely recognised for their leadership in advancing humanitarian causes across the world.

“The painting will act as a beacon of the moral compass, strategic direction and social impact of our university for the common good.”