Yeo’s series of portraits made from pornographic magazines was a sudden departure by Yeo from paint into collage. The portrait subverts the viewer’s expectations by using cut up graphic imagery as the medium instead of paint on canvas. These works could be seen as performance pieces in the sense that there is an act of recognition and transformation in what the viewer sees, as they get closer to the work, which initially appears to be a well-constructed, straightforward painting.
Cliff Richard and Mary Whitehouse, seen in this image, were chosen as subjects due to their stringent ideology in regards to sexual morality, in particular their disapproval of homosexuality.
Each print is hand finished with gold leaf.
|Artist Description||Jonathan Yeo is the London-based contemporary portraitist responsible for paintings of 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 National Portrait Gallery.|
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|Short Technique||Archival pigment print with gold leaf|
|Sheet Size||49 x 49cm|
|Sheet Size (Inches)||19 1/3 x 19 1/3|
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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. Each print has been hand finished by varnishing in different parts of the image and with the application of gold leaf. Published in 2013.
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