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Jonathan Yeo: Some People - Eleven

Grayson, 2012. Archival Ink jet print on Somerset Satin 330gsm paper. Paper size: 9 ½ x 13 ½ in / 24 x 34 cm. From a portfolio of 10 prints. Edition of 60.

Exhibition preview

ELEVEN, in association with Paragon Press, is presenting Jonathan Yeo’s first portfolio of prints in an exhibition entitled Some People – from November 16 to December 8, 2012.

Featuring some of his most iconic sitters, including Nicole Kidman, Sienna Miller, Dennis Hopper and Erin O’Connor, Yeo creates a dynamic collection of portraiture.

The portfolio will feature new unseen images alongside reworked versions of his most renowned personalities. Utilising a variety of media and printing techniques his works are as visually varied as his sitters.

Some People is a return to Yeo’s figurative roots and is the first serious body of portraits he has created in a number of years. His last few exhibitions have explored the possibilities of paint and collage to examine contemporary perceptions of beauty, pornography and plastic surgery.

In revisiting some of his most intriguing sitters, he realises this portfolio through his expressive marks and acute realism. Often his sitters emerge from an anonymous background unencumbered by accoutrements associated with traditional portraiture allowing their personalities and alluring characteristics to freely emerge.

Yeo employs a range of media to create a diverse portfolio of portraiture. He captures his sitters through photographs, etchings and hand finished inkjet prints, each revealing part of his artistic process as their features materialise in each print.

Original paintings and sketches will also be exhibited alongside his print portfolio, showcasing Yeo’s range of techniques and masterful aptitude for portraiture.

Yeo was born in 1970 and lives in London. He is one of the world’s most prominent portrait artists. Renowned for his distinctive portraits, his sitters have included many celebrities, politicians and dignitaries.

His work has been widely exhibited in the UK, USA and Europe. His work is featured in prestigious collections including the Royal Collection, the National Portrait Gallery and the House of Commons Art Collection. In 2013, Yeo will have a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The portfolio consists of 10 prints of various sizes and is an edition of 60.

Jonathan Yeo will be featured on Michael Parkinson’s Masterclass which airs on Sky Arts on December 11.

Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11am – 6pm, Thursday 11am – 7pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm.

Eleven, 11 Eccleston Street, London, SW1W 9LX

Tel: 020 7823 5540