Jonathan Yeo(1970-), Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 2 portraits
Jonathan Yeo, son of the politician Timothy Yeo, is one of Britain's best-known portrait painters. He did not go to art school but taught himself to paint in his twenties while being treated for cancer. His first portrait commission was in 1993 to paint Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, founder of the Anti-Apartheid movement. Others followed, both in the UK and internationally. In 2001 he was commissioned to paint Tony Blair, Charles Kennedy and William Hague during the election campaign. The triptych - titled Proportional Representation - caused controversy as the portraits were different sizes, proportionate to each party's share of the votes. Others of his sitters include Rupert Murdoch and Grayson Perry.
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- Timothy Stephen Kenneth Yeo (father)
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