Jonathan Yeo - The Portrait Artist
Jonathan Yeo is a British artist who rose to prominence in the 1990s as a contemporary portraitist.
He is best known internationally for his portrayal of George W Bush. After a commission to paint the US president was reportedly awarded and then withdrawn, Yeo took it upon himself to create an image of the President anyway, making a collaged portrait from pornographic magazines. The work has led to Yeo exhibiting more collages – mainly portraits and nudes – made the same way. Some of the famous personalities done include Paris Hilton, Hugh Hefner and Lucian Freud.
Charles Saumarez-Smith, former Director of the National Gallery and Royal Academy, said of the porn-collage of Lucian Freud, "Yeo is the young rising star of portraiture and Freud is the acknowledged master. It’s a homage that has its tradition in the past. Painters would quite often do portraits of other artists they admired. Admittedly this one of Freud is rather different as Yeo has used this other dimension – people’s private parts."
- ► 2014 (11)
- ► 2012 (15)
- ► 2011 (16)