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Malala Yousafzai by Jonathan Yeo Postcard

Single postcard (14.8cm x 14.8cm) of the first painted portrait of Malala Yousafzai by Jonathan Yeo.

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Jonathan Yeo Portraits (11 September 2013 – 5 January 2014) will feature several previously unexhibited portraits of well known figures, including Damien Hirst and Kevin Spacey, as well as the first painted portrait of Malala Yousafzai. The portrait, measuring just less than one metre in height, is larger than life-size, and shows the young campaigner, now 16 years old, doing her homework.

Malala suffered from a severe head injury after being attacked and shot by the Taliban as she travelled home from school in Pakistan on 9 October 2012, following her campaign for girls to have the right to study and attend school in her country. Malala now lives in the UK, where she has been treated for her injuries, and has recently been awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize for her inspirational work and courage. The Malala Fund, led by Malala herself, has been established to support the fight for girls’ rights to education. After being displayed in the National Portrait Gallery, Yeo’s portrait of Malala will be sold to raise money for the Fund.

Yeo first met Malala and her family in April 2013, when she had just started school in a new country, and was still recovering from her life-threatening injuries.

Jonathan Yeo says: ‘It was a great privilege to spend some time with Malala and her family at such a pivotal moment in her life. Given how much she has already been through and all that she represents to the world, it took a while to adjust to the fact that she is still a very fragile teenager. Hopefully the painting reflects the slight paradox of representing someone with enormous power and wisdom yet vulnerability and youth at the same time.

‘I believe she will continue to be a hugely influential figure for a very long time to come. It's an honour to support her fund and to paint a portrait of one of the most inspiring figures of our age.’

Malala Yousafzai says: ‘I am honoured that the National Portrait Gallery should wish to hang my picture and touched that Jonathan asked to paint me. I think that he has really captured me in the image. Jonathan has been extremely kind in donating the portrait to The Malala Fund and it is wonderful to know that many children will ultimately be able to benefit from the money raised from its sale.

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