The British actor and model Cara Delevingne is the subject of Jonathan Yeo’s newest series of works concerned with image making and performed identity. Delevingne provides Yeo with the perfect subject to explore the transition from traditional to contemporary portrait making, which Yeo sees as an integral part of modern life with the rise of social media.
The face, neck and shoulders in this print have been varnished by hand, which further illuminates the complex tonalities of the painted portrait in print form.
|Artist Description||Jonathan Yeo is the London-based contemporary portraitist responsible for paintings of Cara Delevingne, Nicole Kidman, Dennis Hopper, Prince Philip, Erin O'Connor, Tony Blair, and David Cameron among others, most recently a portrait of Damien Hirst apparently in a glass tank. Although portraiture is sometimes thought of as a conservative medium, Yeo has shown himself to be in pursuit of a subversive agenda, as in his unauthorised 2007 portrait of George W Bush, created from cuttings of pornographic magazines, which brought him worldwide notoriety. He used a similar method in an unauthorised portrait of Paris Hilton, while his portraits of British politicians have displayed a level of critique unwelcome to the subjects. Born in 1970, Yeo is entirely self-taught, a process that took place during a lengthy and painful period of recovery from Hodgkin's Disease. As he himself points out, he was determined to become a painter at a time when figurative, representational art was deeply out of fashion, but makes a powerful case for the ability of the portraitist to challenge his or her subjects. An exhibition of his work is currently on show at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, and Denmark's Museum of National History.|
|Inscriptions||Signed and numbered by the artist on the front|
|Short Technique||Archival pigment print with varnish|
|Sheet Size||58 x 73cm|
|Sheet Size (Inches)||22 3/4 x 28 3/4 in|
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The painting was photographed with a Hasselblad HD5 50 mega pixel camera. The printing was done on Epson printers using Epson archival pigment inks with constant attention to any colour and texture discrepancies. This print has been hand finished by varnishing different parts of the image. Published in 2017.
|Technique Pop ups||Recent developments in piezoelectric technology have resulted in increasingly high-resolution colour prints.|
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