June 01, 2014

Jonathan Yeo:Try Bonding With Baby After A Facelift



PLASTIC surgery is homogenising the way people look and has led to mothers having problems bonding with their babies, according to Britain's best-known portrait artist. 
Jonathan Yeo, who has produced a series of studies on cosmetic surgery, said it was a fashion that was having drastic consequences.

The creator of some of the most famous portraits of our time, including of Tony Blair and David Cameron, said that the desire to go under the knife for cosmetic reasons was "crazy".
He cited research from the United States indicating that mothers who had undergone treatment, including Botox injections, were having trouble bonding with their babies.

"It is homogenising the way we look," he told the Hay Festival. "Which is a strange thing in itself, this fashion in beauty. There is research showing that babies are not bonding with their mums because babies only have facial reactions to go on and because their faces were not moving in the right direction, or moving at all.

"What are the unintended long-term consequences of these things that we are doing casually for our own gratification? Aside from the fact it is risky, it is painful, it is expensive, it is often quite obvious you have had it done."

He said that in certain parts of the world people "don't mind bad plastic surgery because it is a fashion thing: they want people to know they have had it done".

Studies in the US have found that while Botox may limit a mother's forms of communication with a newborn baby, it could also hinder the patient's ability to understand the emotions of others. The theory is that humans naturally imitate other's expressions when conversing, which sends a signal to the brain allowing us to interpret the meaning.


Yeo, who had a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery,(clip above), said he believed that in the future we would look back on the fad for cosmetic surgery in the same way as we think of medicine in the Middle Ages.

He said that he had first become interested in plastic surgery when he had been in California and a "tall pretty blonde walked past, then again and then for a third time and I realised it was different people going to the same doctor".

He added: "It is a funny time. I think we will look back on this time like we do on people using leeches and wonder why we did it. I think it is quite crazy. I want to document it. It is the big story of our era."

The artist said that while plastic surgery was influencing the human face, the rise of the selfie was affecting portrait painting.

The proliferation of selfies and the rise of social media had "made us much more aware of what constitutes an image of ourselves — and what other people are communicating about themselves in the choice of these little passport photos means we become much more sophisticated portrait readers". He said that because "everybody is so used to the selfie and simple head shot image" there was now "more fun" to be had with backgrounds to his portraits than there had been in the past.

Yeo questioned whether the famous self-portrait of Sir Anthony Van Dyck, which was recently saved for the nation after a fundraising appeal and is now hanging in the National Portrait Gallery, would have the same impact if painted today.

Describing the painting as having something "magical", he said: "If that was painted by someone now, would it have the same effect? Or would it be like a ridiculous Facebook photo that probably bears no relation to what you actually look like?"

He said it was now the job of portraitists, in the day of "image manipulation", to be "truthful and meaningful".

By David Sanderson


Pictures and Story with thanks to The Australian


Malala Yousafzai Quotes: Heartwarming,Thoughtful and Inspirational! 


More art-related posts:
Van Gogh On Dark Water Animation

This Fake Rembrandt Was Created By An Algorithm  

Fore-edge Painting: Artists Hide Paintings Along The Edges Of Old Books  

Insanely Realistic Pencil Drawings

Found: A Missing Paul Gauguin Painting

Royal Academy of British Art Coming To Town

Australia and the UK Battle Over Historic Paintings Of A Kangaroo And A Dingo

Finally: A Digital Home For Lost Masterpieces

America: "Painting a Nation" Exhibition in Art Gallery of NSW

Chauvet Cave Paintings: Cave Women Left Their Artistic Mark

London exhibition of Australian art holds up a mirror to our nation: more iconic images
500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

Some Fascinating Pictures featuring Alyssa Monks

Visual Art of the Human Body by Cecelia Webber

Ronnie Wood: His Art and The Rolling Stones

The lost Van Gogh: Painting found in Norwegian attic is confirmed as priceless work by Dutch master

Market Find Turns Out To Be A Lost Faberge Egg

Charles Dellschau: Secrets of An Undiscovered Visionary Artist

Tom Pinch: Time - Lapse Portraits of Paul McCartney and John Lennon

How JMW Turner Set Painting Free 

The Curious Case Of The Renaissance Cockatoo

Images On Andy Warhol’s Old Computer Discs Excite University Students

Human Ingenuity: From the Renaissance to the Age of the Internet - The Sistine Chapel

Katsushika Hokusai: Japanese Artist

Picasso's "Women of Algiers" Breaks Auction Record

Looted Treasures Open Door To The Dark Nazi Past

Long-lost Caravaggio Masterpiece Found In French Attic

Frederic Remington: The Man Who Helped Bring The West To Life 

Loving Vincent: The World's First Fully Painted Film 

Vincenzo Peruggia: The Man Who Stole The Mona Lisa And Made Her more Famous Than Ever

The Isleworth Mona Lisa: A Second Leonardo Masterpiece? 

 Optical Illusions In Art

MC Escher: An Enigma Behind an Illusion   
Hidden Degas Portrait Revealed

First Faberge Egg Created For 99 Years Goes To Doha  

The World’s Priceless Treasures

Woman in Gold: Another Biopic For Dame Helen Mirren 

Australia and the UK Battle Over Historic Paintings Of A Kangaroo And A Dingo

Finally: A Digital Home For Lost Masterpieces

Could Anyone Paint A Vermeer? 

Artemisia Gentileschi - Her Biography And Her Art

John Constable Painting Sold By Christie's For £3,500 In June 2013 Will Now Go To Market To Sell For £2 million

The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy

Yulia Brodskaya:Paper Explodes With Life In This Artist's Hands

David Bowie's Personal Art Collection Auctioned Off For $30 Million