Jonathan Yeo

United Kingdom 1970

Jonathan Yeo
Jonathan Yeo
United Kingdom
March 21, 2014
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Jonathan Yeo (b 1970) is a British artist specialising in portraiture and collage. He didn’t go to art school but took up painting while recovering from Hodgkins Disease in his early 20s. He became known as a contemporary portraitist in the late 1990s, exhibiting frequently at the the National Portrait Gallery . His best known work includes a world weary Tony Blair painted at the very end of his premiership, an iconic painting of Erin O’Connor and now familiar images of Prince Philip, Dennis Hopper and Grayson Perry.

After a presidential commission was cancelled, Yeo instead made a collage of George W Bush which was unveiled at Lazarides Gallery, London, in 2007. Made entirely from pornographic magazines, it marked a new direction in his work, and subsequent subjects to receive the collage treatment include Hugh Hefner, Mary Whitehouse , Tiger Woods, Sigmund Freud and Paris Hilton . The exhibition “Blue Period” (2008) included nudes as well as portraits made the same way, and the follow up show “Porn In The USA” (2010) brought similar works, along with paintings and new wallpaper designs, to a new audience in downtown Beverly Hills.

Jonathan’a most recent body of work explores developments in cosmetic surgery and the lengths people are prepared to go in the pursuit of youth and beauty. These paintings were the subject of his exhibitions “You’re Only Young Twice” in London and “Under My Skin” in Berlin.

Yeo’s work is in the Royal Collection, the National Portrait Gallery and the House of Commons art collection. It has also been widely exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally (including Athens, Berlin, Bethlehem, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Shanghai). He has just published a print portfolio with The Paragon Press and there is a solo show planned at the National Portrait Gallery in 2013.

Jonathan Yeo is married to former actress and journalist Shebah Ronay and they have 2 daughters. He lives and works in London.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014JONATHAN YEO PORTRAITSNational Portrait Gallery, LondonSolo
2014Charity Art AuctionThe Groucho Club, LondonGroup
2014PAPERSMAC Art Gallery, Cape TownGroup
2013(I'VE GOT YOU) UNDER MY SKINCircleCulture Gallery, BerlinSolo
2012YOU'RE ONLY YOUNG TWICELazarides  Rathbone Gallery, LondonSolo
2012PARAGON PRESSArt Basel, Miami BeachGroup
2012LAZARIDES PRESENTSLazarides  Rathbone Gallery, LondonGroup
2012THE BRITISH CUTCat Street Gallery, Hollywood Road, Hong KongGroup
2012NEW BLOODThinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2012THE CRISIS COMMISSIONEast Wing Galleries, Somerset House, LondonGroup
2011THE MINOTAUROld Vic Tunnels, London SE1Group
2011EUROPEAN BAILOUTPost No Bills, BeachGroup
2011THE URBAN ARTIST - HAMBURGClemens-Schulz-Straße 87, Hamburg / St. PauliGroup
2011NEW MASTERSSubliminal Projects, West HollywoodGroup
2011THE URBAN ARTIST CircleCulture Gallery at Soho House , BerlinGroup
2011PEEPING TOMKunsthal KAdE (Amersfoort), NetherlandsGroup
2011NEW ARTCircleCulture Gallery, BerlinGroup
2011CHRISTMAS SALONLazarides  Rathbone Gallery, LondonGroup
2010PORN IN THE USALazarides Gallery, LASolo
2010HELL'S HALF ACRETunnel 228, LondonGroup
2010LE SALON DU CERCLE DE LA CULTURE A BERLINCircleCulture Gallery, BerlinGroup
2010PEEPING TOMVegas Gallery, London Group
2010CHRISTMAS SALONEleven, LondonGroup
2010THE GRIFTERSLazarides  Rathbone Gallery, LondonGroup
2009UP AGAINST THE WALL Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, AthensGroup
2009GROW UPLazarides  Rathbone Gallery, LondonGroup
2009THE OUTSIDERSThe New Art Gallery, WalsallGroup
2008BLUE PERIODLazarides Gallery, LondonSolo
2008THE OUTSIDERS282 Bowery, New York CityGroup
2008CONTEMPORARY DISPLAYSNational Portrait Gallery, LondonGroup
2008PRINTED MATTEREleven, LondonGroup
20083 PORTRAITSNovas Contemporary Urban Space, LondonGroup
2008THE OUTSIDERSLazarides Gallery, LondonGroup
2007DISCERNING EYEMall Galleries, LondonGroup
2007THE NAKED PORTRAITCompton Verney, Warwickshire Group
2007THE NAKED PORTRAITScottish National Portrait Gallery, EdinburghGroup
2007BP PORTRAIT AWARDRoyal West of England Academy, Bristol Group
2007CONTEMPORARY DISPLAYSNational Portrait Gallery, LondonGroup
2007WORKS ON PAPEREleven, LondonGroup
2007BP PORTRAIT AWARDAberdeen Art Gallery and MuseumGroup
2007400 YEARS OF BRITISH PORTRAITUREPhilip Mould. LondonGroup
2006BP PORTRAIT AWARDNational Portrait Gallery, LondonGroup
2006FIGURATIONS 2Eleven, LondonGroup
2006BP PORTRAIT AWARDScottish National Portrait Gallery, EdinburghGroup
2005BP PORTRAIT AWARDSunderland Museum and Winter GardensGroup
2005FIGURATIONSEleven, LondonGroup
2005Historical Portraits Grosvenor House Art Fair, LondonGroup
2004BP Portrait Award Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter Group
2002ArtAid 2002 Bloomberg Space, LondonGroup
2001British Portraiture (curator: Philip Mould)Historical Portraits, LondonGroup
1999Summer ShowBlains Fine Art ( Haunch of Venison since 2001)Group