Artist pays homage to Lucian Freud with portrait made from porn-mags

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London, June1 : A well-known artist has paid homage to Lucian Freud, the master of the nude, by creating a collage made from porn magazines.

Jonathan Yeo's tribute to Freud has been achieved by pasting together cuttings from pornographic magazines to form a portrait.

Art world insiders see the collage as a daring image that both reflects one of Freud's best known works, his 1985 self-portrait, and reveals Yeo's own naked ambition.

Yeo's previous subjects have included the Duke of Edinburgh and Tony Blair in more traditional hues.

"It's a tribute to an artist I greatly admire. I have done it this way because Freud himself has made his reputation - at least in part - by his portraits of both men and women naked. It's a light-hearted tribute and not in any way an insult," Times Online quoted Yeo, as saying.

Charles Saumarez Smith, who was director of the National Portrait Gallery in the 1990s, said, "Yeo is the young rising star of portraiture and Freud is the acknowledged master. It's a homage that has its tradition in the past. Painters would quite often do portraits of other artists they admired. Admittedly this one of Freud is rather different as Yeo has used this other dimension - people's private parts."

ANI

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