Thought provoking: Sir Elton John is depicted breastfeeding a baby in Kevin Sharkey's piece 'Father And Son'
Insisting he didn't mean to offend the pop legend, Sharkey admits he was inspired by the media hype surrounding Elton and civil partner David Furnish becoming parents in December.
Explaining his provoking creation, Sharkey, 48, said: 'I was inspired by all the hype
surrounding Elton's baby.
'It's set off a new era of gay men having kids. What Elton and David are doing is very admirable.
'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.
In the party mood: Elton and his civil partner David Furnish at their annual Oscar party in West Hollywood on Sunday night
'It is not meant to be offensive so I hope he sees the funny side of it.'
The two men, who 'wed' in a civil partnership ceremony in 2005, became fathers to Zachary on December 25 through a surrogate. They haven't disclosed which one of them is the biological father.
Sharkey's artwork is on sale at his Dublin gallery for $19,500 with two prospective buyers already showing an interest.
Revealing why he decided to place Elton feeding a baby instead of David, Sharkey explained: 'Elton is definitely the mum in the relationship, where David is more
like the strict masculine school teacher.'
A spokesperson for the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers said Sharkey's piece raised important issues of breast milk for surrogate parents.
She said: 'The painting raises an issue about surrogacy and gay surrogacy in particular.
'It is very important that surrogate children have access to breast milk.
'I don't know if Elton John and David Furnish are doing this but it is very important for little Zac's development.'
Elton John couldn't help gushing about how proud he is now that he and partner DAVID FURNISH have baby Zachary in their lives.
Talking to him at his legendary AIDS Foundation Oscars Viewing Party last week, he said: "Our first family holiday was fantastic - he loved it."
But Elton laughed at speculation that he's already hoping to add to his brood. "We're still getting used to having one baby," he said.
Elton John's Academy Awards party raises $4 million for AIDS charity
The 19th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in Los Angeles raised nearly $4 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS, organizers said.
Elton John and David Furnish served as hosts for Sunday's gala at the Pacific Design Center.
Attendees included Ben Kingsley, Heidi Klum, Seal, Jamie Foxx, Steven Tyler, Zac Levi, Sharon Stone, Matthew Morrison, Paul Rudd, Paz Vega, Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, Ashley Tisdale, Baz Luhrmann, Emma Stone, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, Chace Crawford, Hayden Panettierre, Kelly and Sharon Osbourne, Dave Annable, Cee Lo Green, Chris Colfer, Eric Stonestreet, Jane Lynch, Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, John Waters, Miranda Cosgrove, Serena Williams, Joel McHale, Rashida Jones, Vanessa Hudgens, Taye Diggs, Rufus Wainwright, Natasha Henstridge and Tori Spelling.
Guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner, then watched the 83rd Academy Awards telecast.
The dinner was followed by an auction conducted by Jamie Nivens of Sotheby's after which Florence + The Machine took the stage to perform several songs including their hit "The Dog Days are Over."
Elton John also joined Florence Welch onstage to perform "Tiny Dancer" and "You Got the Love," the foundation said in a news release Monday