Artist Makes Bush Portrait From Porn Pictures

Tod Hunter
LONDON — Artist Jonathan Yeo's collage portrait of President Bush using pictures cut from adult magazines went on display here Aug. 28. Yeo had been commissioned to create a portrait of Bush by his presidential library, but when the commission was rescinded, Yeo completed it anyway — using the adult pictures.

"I did it for fun, not to offend," Yeo said.

An acclaimed portrait artist in England, Yeo's work has been displayed in London's National Portrait Gallery.

A spokesman for the Republican Party in Texas called the portrait "distasteful," asking, "Why would anyone want to make a picture of our president from pornographic material?"

A spokesman for Republicans Abroad International described the portrait as a "cheap stunt" in an interview with The Sun.

Yeo has no apparent political bias, and has recently completed portraits of publisher Rupert Murdoch and former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The artwork, titled "Bush 2007," is part of an exhibition at Lazarides Gallery in London's Soho district. The image will available in a limited edition run of 150 prints, measuring 33 by 22 inches, in a few weeks.