Some of the world’s most famous faces will be on show in Newcastle for the next few months, courtesy of celebrated portrait artist, Jonathan Yeo.
The city’s Laing Art Gallery will host a travelling incarnation of the National Portrait Gallery’s acclaimed exhibition: Jonathan Yeo Portraits from November until January 2015, and it’s expected to attract great visitor numbers.
Paintings on display feature some of Yeo’s most iconic sitters, who are leaders in their field of expertise, ranging across the arts, fashion, politics, and business. Sitters include: Jude Law, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sienna Miller, Erin O’Connor, Malala Yousafzai, Doreen Lawrence OBE, and Grayson Perry.
Works from Yeo’s plastic surgery series, and his notorious porn collages, alongside a range of studies and sketches, will go on show, to provide a comprehensive resumé of Yeo’s artistic career, spanning over two decades.
He has also made a new print of his wife, Shebah Ronay Yeo, in a limited edition of 100, specially for the Newcastle exhibition. Any sales made at The Laing will benefit the gallery.
In addition, the Laing will unveil a number of new paintings, which have never been displayed publicly before, depicting illustrious sitters.
Born in London, Jonathan Yeo is the son of Tim Yeo, Conservative MP for South Suffolk and a former Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media &Sport.
A self-taught artist, painting became Jonathan’s solace in his early 20s as he endured successful treatment for the blood disease, Hodgkins Lymphoma.
His works reside in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the House of Commons, and the Royal Household, alongside many of the most eminent galleries and private collections in the world.
Jonathan Yeo Portraits will be shown at Laing Art Gallery from November 8 to February 15. This is a National Portrait Gallery exhibition and an admission charge applies. Tickets will be available from www.laingartgallery.org.uk and from the Laing Art Gallery ticket desk.