Malala Yousafzai, 2013 // Portrait Study (Dennis Hopper) 2005
Erin O'Connor, 2005 // Kevin Spacey as Richard III, 2011

A few years ago I worked on the design of the National Portrait Gallery's book 500 PORTRAITS - BP PORTRAIT AWARD. I was absolutely thrilled when, after a lot of discussions and toing and froing we settled on a clean white jacket displaying Jonathan Yeo's portrait of Erin O'Connor. Yeo is known for his paintings of celebrities as well as of fellow artists such as Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry and I am a big fan of the way he manages to capture his subjects' persona while still maintaining his unique, artistic style. I absolutely adore his use of negative space, bold brush strokes and the revealed pencil sketches and grids that peak through the layers of paint.

Yeo currently has a display on at the National Portrait Gallery which runs until 5th January 2014. Go and check it out. Read more here.

1 comment:

  1. I love Kevin SPacey's portrait! They are all very lively too. Thanks for sharing!