Purchased from the 2015 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize.
Martin Yeoman was a student at the Royal Academy Schools in the late 1970s.
He was the first young tour artist to accompany TRH The Prince and Princess of Wales on official overseas tours as artist in attendance, his role being to teach The Prince drawing and Painting and to document the Royal Tours.
Among Yeoman’s many portrait commissions to date are a portfolio of drawings of HM The Queen’s grandchildren, a young Ed Sheeran, Sir Alan Hodgkin OM, Sir James Whyte Black, the former Bishop of Birmingham Dr Hugh Montefiore and Nicholas and Alexander Niarchos.
Other commissions include a series of paintings for The National Trust, Highgrove House and a series of oil paintings commissioned by renowned interior architect Martin Brudnizki.
He has held many solo exhibitions in Mayfair, with dealers such as Agnews, Petley Fine Art and Offer Waterman & Co. Solo public shows have been held at The National Portrait Gallery, Mompesson House in Salisbury and The National Art Centre in Sana’a, Yemen.
Yeoman has had his works displayed in many group exhibitions, from a number of RA Summer shows spanning three decades to The BP Portrait Award, Princes as Patrons, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Travels with The Prince, Hampton Court Palace, Queen of Sheba; treasures from Ancient Yemen at The British Museum and The Last of The Tide exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
His works are held in prestigious public and private collections worldwide, including HM The Queen, The Royal Collection, The British Museum, The Ruth Borchard Collection, The British Council and The National Portrait Gallery. An impressive amount of Yeoman’s works are held in the private collection of HRH The Prince of Wales.
The artist has worked in many parts of the world, especially the Middle East. He has also travelled with Arabist and award-winning writer Tim Mackintosh-Smith with the intention for the works he made to be used to accompany the text in Smith’s books. The first of Smith’s books ‘Yemen, Travels in dictionary Land’ etchings were used to enliven the text. Many of which were drawn directly onto etching plates while in Yemen, the rest bar one were worked from drawings made on the spot and etched and printed when the artist returned to the UK. Yeoman’s works were also used in the trilogy by Tim Mackintosh-Smith about the travels of Ibn Battutah. The trilogy included the titles: Travels with a Tangerine, The hall of a Thousand Columns and Landfalls.
Martin Yeoman is an elected member of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Society of Portrait Sculptors and The New English Art Club.
As Henry Wyndham, former chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and now director at Clore Wyndham Fine Art states: ‘Martin’s 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.’