now this is how official portraits of heads of states should be done. i just found out that tony blair's official portrait was painted by phil hale. i own a copy of hale's book & his works have been a favorite of mine since art college.
what stunned me was that britain selected an artist who's style is known to push the envelope.
the blair piece is a departure from hale's signature look. it will, after all, be hung at westminster.
no tie, the look away gaze, the palette. exhausted & contemplative. i like that it humanizes him.
the guy who did this
also did these
one can only dream to do the philippine prez official portrait. oh, i'd like to do that one.