'I was playing Helen at the Globe and was inspired by Jonathan’s powerful portrait of Kevin Spacey as Richard III. Jonathan came and watched the play and that became the basis of the portrait. He has done an extraordinary job of capturing my Helen in this image. When I look at it, I do not see myself, I see myself as another. I see Helen and what I came to know of her. I see the strength, the pain, and the penetrating gaze of a woman who has haunted the human imagination for several thousand years since she was understood as the catalyst for war. Perhaps most interestingly, I see her seeing us.' - Lily Cole
This print is a cropped image of the original portrait and each has been 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.|
|Inscriptions||Signed & numbered by the artist on the front|
|Short Technique||Archival pigment print with gold leaf|
|Sheet Size||61.5 x 51.5 cm|
|Sheet Size (Inches)||24¼ x 20⅓ 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. Each print has been hand finished by varnishing in different parts of the image. Published in 2014.
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