is Britain’s leading portrait artist known for his portraits of iconic figures including Nicole Kidman, Damien Hirst, Malala Yousafzai, Kevin Spacey and Tony Blair. Yeo has exhibited widely in Europe, North America and the Far East. His landmark 2013 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London was acclaimed by critics and public alike, and was accompanied by a major monograph and a BBC1 Culture Show special. In 2014 The Lowry is staging a retrospective of the artist’s work and the show “Jonathan Yeo Portraits” willbe travelling to another museum later in the year.
Yeo did not go to art college but taught himself to paint in his early twenties while being treated for cancer. His first portrait commission was in 1993 to paint Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, founder of the Anti-Apartheid movement. In the late 1990s and early noughties, he undertook a number of high profile portrait commissions and other figurative works both in the UK and internationally. Over the last decade, Yeo has also explored the notion of identity more widely, both through a notorious series of collages using pornography, and oil paintings exploring themes of plastic surgery.
More about Jonathan Yeo and his works here.
via Inspiration Now