"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Friday, March 25, 2016

Francis J. Underwood

This portrait of Kevin Spacey as President Francis J. Underwood hangs in the National Portait Gallery in Washington, DC.
"Kevin Spacey's performances encompass a broad psychological range, from the diabolical movie producer Buddy in Swimming with Sharks (1994), to the creepy sociopath Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects (1995), to Lester Burnham, the rebellious husband hit by a midlife crisis in American Beauty (1999).

A dropout of the Julliard drama program, Spacey (born 1959) was working as a stockboy in Joseph Papp's Public Theater when Papp noticed his talent. He fired Spacey and encouraged him to venture out of his comfort zone and seek challenging roles. This was the beginning of Spacey's distinguished career as an award-winning stage and screen actor, a director, a producer, and the critically acclaimed artistic direc­tor of the Old Vic Theater in London (2003-14).

British artist Jonathan Yeo here draws on the eighteenth-century tradition of theatrical portrai­ture, painting Spacey in his role as the power-thirsty Machiavellian congressman-turned-president Francis J. Underwood in the widely popular Netflix series House of Cards." -- National Portrait Gallery
This poster appeared in the Washington Metro (subway) in 2016.

The slogan "Putting America Back on Track" refers to Underwood's murder of Journalist Zoe Barnes, by throwing her in front of a  Washington Metro train.

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