Born in Egham Hythe in 1953, Martin Yeoman studied at the Royal Academy schools in London, graduating in 1979. Yeoman was HRH The Prince of Wales's first tour artist, accompanying him on tours to the gulf states, Hong Kong, India and Nepal. Yeoman has exhibited his work extensively with the British Council, Cork Street and Jenna Burlingham Fine Art. Throughout his career, Yeoman has received many prestigious portrait commissions, including a commission to draw HM The Queen's grandchildren, portraits which were later exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Yeoman's work is held in numerous prestigious collections including those of HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Princess Royal, the British Museum, The British Council, the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery. Yeoman's Self-Portrait, Age 61 (2013) was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2015. Yeoman is represented by Burlingham Fine Art.
Yeoman is a painter, draughtsman, sculptor and etcher who has gained widespread critical acclaim for the delicate rendering of light and colour in his paintings. As Henry Wyndham, former Chairman of Sotheby's Europe has said of Yeoman his 'skill at painting light (stands) in the true tradition of his main influences. Sickert and the Camden Town School, and more recently Peter Greenham. This together with his subtle use of colour, makes Martin one of the best figurative artists in Britain today.'
While Yeoman is known for his skilled depictions of light, his self-portrait is notable for its atmospheric gloom, painted almost entirely in earthy oil paints. The artist emerges from the dark background, his features partly subsumed in darkness, his application of colour as excellent as it is subtle.