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Sir Stelios Haji-Iannou

© Mary Jane Ansell

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Sir Stelios Haji-Iannou

by Mary Jane Ansell
oil on aluminium panel, 2015
26 3/4 in. x 14 1/8 in. (680 mm x 360 mm) overall
Commissioned, 2015
Primary Collection
NPG 6995

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This portrait was commissioned by the Gallery in recognition of Haji-Iaonnou’s contribution to British business and entrepreneurship. The sitter’s busy schedule allowed the artist, Mary Jane Ansell, only one short sitting, during which she took a number of photographs, although she has collaborated with her sitter remotely on her favoured pose and approach. The portrait is a close-cropped half-length portrait, depicting the sitter at a desk on which he rests his hands. He looks directly at the viewer. The artist worked up three versions of the portrait; a head and shoulders, a simple bust-length composition and NPG 6995. The uncompromising composition is balanced by the Ansell’s delicate painting technique and the subtle colouring, which is built up from a monochrome drawing through layers of glazes.

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