Kevin Spacey as President Francis J. Underwood
Portrait on display from February 24, 2016 - October 10, 2016
The Portrait Gallery unveiled a new portrait of Kevin Spacey as his Golden Globe-winning character Frank Underwood from the Netflix original series, House of Cards. The monumental painting, which measures six feet by six feet, was painted by Jonathan Yeo and is on display through Oct. 10 on the first floor.
Though Yeo and Spacey have collaborated in the past, this is the first time that the resulting work will be on display in the United States. “It is hard to imagine a greater honor than painting one of the finest actors of our age for one of the most important institutions in the world,” said Yeo. “It is also a great pleasure to continue this creative collaboration with Kevin, which we began at London’s National Portrait Gallery; this time bringing a new work to his home soil in the U.S.”
Spacey is an award-winning film and theater actor. He is currently best known for his role as congressman turned president Frank Underwood in the popular Netflix drama House of Cards, for which he won a Golden Globe Award in 2015. Spacey has had a successful and diverse movie career with lead roles in such popular films as The Usual Suspects (1995), winning an Oscar for best supporting actor. He won a second Oscar for best actor for his role in American Beauty (1999). Spacey’s theater work has included both acting and directing in such productions as The Philadelphia Story (2005) and Shakespeare’s Richard III (2011).
Yeo produces his paintings through multiple meetings with the subject. His sitters have included many of the world’s best known cultural, media and political figures, including David Attenborough, Tony Blair, Helena Bonham Carter, HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, Idris Elba, Damien Hirst, Dennis Hopper, Nicole Kidman, Sienna Miller, Jude Law, Baz Luhrmann, Jamie Oliver and Malala Yousafzai.
Between 2013 and 2014, Yeo was the subject of museum exhibitions at London’s National Portrait Gallery, the Lowry (Salford, England) and the Laing Art Gallery (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England) and has an upcoming retrospective at Denmark’s National History Museum in 2016. He has exhibited widely in group and solo shows in the U.S., Europe and the Far East.