EXPOSURE is Yeo’s second solo exhibition with Circle Culture Gallery and the first time he has presented works in Hamburg. The exhibition will be the latest and final instalment of the Leaf Works series, all created using his unique and celebrated form of pornography collage.
Several new backgrounds have been created for the exhibition, including synthetic, Hollywood-pink skies and religious looking gold-leafed icons. Among the new pieces created specifically for the show is a major gold-leaf heart painting entitled Planten un Blomen, named after a park in Hamburg which connects the city to the red light district, St Pauli.
This new exhibition seeks to challenge the way imagery is read by society and how it is affected by it, as well as continuing to explore Yeo’s fascination with representations of the human body and identity.
Jonathan Yeo’s portrait of D-Day veteran Geoffrey Pattinson is one of twelve portraits commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales to pay tribute to some of the extraordinary men that played a role in the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. All twelve of the veterans chosen for the commissions served in regiments with which The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have a formal affiliation.
Over the last eighteen months ‘Jonathan Yeo Portraits’ has travelled the lengths of the country, from its opening at the National Portrait Gallery in London, to The Lowry in Salford, Greater Manchester, and finally to its close at Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery. The mid-career retrospective achieved great critical acclaim and attracted over 290,000 visitors in total, with the paid exhibition at the Laing raising significant funds for the institution.
The tour involved many memorable events, most notably the publication of The Many Faces of Jonathan Yeo and the BBC1 Culture Show special, which was filmed to coincide with the opening at the National Portrait Gallery. The final show at the Laing concluded with a visit from HRH Duchess of Cornwall, who was invited to see her portrait there for the first time.