Irish artist depicts Elton John breastfeeding

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a white background.

An Irish artist who painted the Pope conducting a gay marriage has depicted Elton John breastfeeding his new baby son.

Donegal-born Kevin Sharkey said he didn’t set out to offend anyone with the image and hoped the singer would see the funny side.

He said he was inspired by John and civil partner David Furnish having baby Zachary, adding: “It’s set off a new era of gay men having kids. What Elton and David are doing is very admirable.”

According to the Daily Mail, he said: “I must admit I did have a little laugh to myself while I was doing it but I know Elton has got a good sense of humour.”

Mr Sharkey has attracted controversy before over his work, most notably for his 2009 image of Katie Price merged with Moors murderer Myra Hindley.

Last year’s image of the Pope conducting a gay wedding
was inspired by the Catholic leader criticising homosexuality.

Speaking to last June, Mr Sharkey called the Pope’s remarks “an outrage and a disgrace”.

He said: “What a load of old bollocks.

“Preaching intolerance is a dangerous thing to do. That comes down onto the streets – drunk thugs kicking the f**k out of ‘queer f**kers’.”