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King Charles III Portrait Artist Jonathan Yeo Explains Why He Chose Red

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Jonathan Yeothe artist behind it King Charles IIIIn his new portrait, he explained why he gave the painting a red hue.

“The red was inspired by the Welsh Guards but I wanted the painting to be a bit more contemporary and not get in the way of the face and personality,” Yeo, 53, said, via Hello. “The color was an early experiment and then I sketched it and worked on the face and the face and background worked so well.”

Yeo said he tried to ensure that “nothing else upsets the balance.” He added: “It was a nice mix of traditional and modern.”

Charles, 75, is depicted in the painting wearing a Welsh Guards uniform and holding a sword, which is almost entirely red. There is also a butterfly hovering over one of the monarch’s shoulders.

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Yeo noted that he received little direction from The Draper’s Company, which commissioned the portrait.

“The only guidance they gave me was the specific scale because they had other portraits that size. And there was a preference for the uniform, probably that of the Welsh Guards,” Yeo said. “Otherwise there was no direction, which is exciting but also a little daunting. A blank canvas.”

The King Charles artist explains why he chose red in his new portrait

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Charles had four sessions with Yeo from June 2021 to November 2023. At the start of the trial, Charles was the Prince of Wales, but by the end he had been crowned king. (Charles officially became sovereign of the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth states after his mother Queen Elizabeth II(s death in September 2022.)

“When he became king in the middle of the process, it worked on that level too,” Yeo said. “It’s a beautiful, simple device, but one with many associations.”

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Yeo gushed that Charles was a “delightful subject” and added: “Very pleasant company. “He laughs and asks lots of questions and he’s interested in art so there’s always plenty to talk about.”

The portrait premiered at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday May 14th. “Today the King unveiled a new portrait by @RealJonathanYeo at Buckingham Palace,” the royal family wrote in a video shared via their official X account. “Commissioned by The Draper’s Company, the painting is the first official portrait completed since His Majesty’s Coronation. It will hang in Draper’s Hall in London.”

This was not the first time Yeo created portraits for the royal family. He painted Charles’ late father, Prince Philipand woman Queen Camillain 2008 and 2014, respectively.

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