AWARD winning painter Christian Hook is hosting an exclusive VIP tour at Clarendon Fine Art galleries across the UK, including Clarendon Fine Art in Hale (Ashley Road, Altrincham) this weekend.

He will be unveiling a new (never before seen) personal portrait of Sir Richard Branson and his grandchildren before he presents it to him after the tour.

The event is part of a VIP Q&A afternoon at the gallery, and Christian will be showcasing his new work, originals and prints – and revealing all about his relationship with Sir Richard Branson.

He will confirm a project he is doing in the New Year to coincide with Virgin Galactic’s first commercial space mission.

Christian said: “Richard and I met and discussed his new projects and aspirations and I am working on a portrait for a museum to commemorate the first commercial space flight by a Brit.”