Jonathan Yeo is a celebrated portraitist, he works in a number of media from painting, though collage and sculpture. Yeo gained international notoriety after creating a collage of George W Bush entirely from pornographic images after a commissioned portrait was cancelled. His portraits of the famous and infamous have an almost unfinished feeling to them, which is only right as they are living creatures who can still grow, change and adapt.
Yeo has a new exhibit at the Royal Academy (running 11th December 2017 - 11th March 2018 which explores the impact of technology on the way artists draw from life. Yeo has created an incredible self portrait sculpture that has involved using 360 degree image scanning and virtual reality painting to create a 3d image which has then been taken and forged into a bust for the exhibition.
Alternatively you can purchase a collection of his works in this anthology
Yeo creates incredible portraits of people but the images allow for more development and change. The images are not finished, his male portraits feel a lot less polished, his women are photo realistic but the expressive outlines of bodies allow for change and suggest at things to come.
I don’t know what it is that makes us who we are, and I don’t know how when we look at each other’s faces we can somehow see deep inside one another, but I do know that Yeo’s portraits wrestle with these ideas. Like Turner strapping himself to the ship’s mast in order to create a true likeness of a storm, time and time again he achieves what should be impossible: creating a true picture, an image or a glimpse, of people we think we know and those we’ve never met. He gives us complete portraits made up of tiny fragments.