Street artist paints tribute to Joan Rivers outside angel hair salon
AN artist fan of comedian Joan Rivers, who has just died aged 81, has painted a striking portrait of her on a large wall outside a hair salon at the Angel.
American-born street artist Pegasus, 29, created the life-size picture of Ms Rivers outside the shop in Coin Street which says: “You thought it, I said it.”
With permission for the work from Paul Hone, owner of unisex Theorem Hair Art saloon, Pegasus said he has long been a fan of Ms Rivers.
“Joan was one of the very first people to speak her mind on national television and talk about subjects that were taboo,” he said.
Pegasus, who lives in Camden, remembers being a member of the audience on her chat show, The Joan Rivers Position, when it was filmed in London in 2006. “The show had just been recorded and she was in a grumpy mood. I put my hand up and asked her if I could have a photograph taken with her. She replied: ‘Absolutely not.’
“Then everyone in the audience booed and she finally relented and reluctantly agreed to have her photo with me. I was really nervous and I went to put my arm around her and she snapped: ‘Don’t touch me’. Then she started laughing and I realised she was only joking.”