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

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Jeffrey P. Bezos

This untitled painting of Jeffrey P. Bezos, born 1964, by Robert McCurdy belongs to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. This portrait is a 2019 Portrait of a Nation Prize Recipient.
Jeffrey P. Bezos is the founder of Amazon, a global technology company that helped revolutionize the retail industry, and Blue Origin, whose mission is to lower the cost of access to outer space with reusable launch vehicles. In 1994, after working for several years as a computer scientist on Wall Street, Bezos developed the business plan for Amazon.com, an online bookseller. Today, in addition to selling hundreds of millions of items, the company streams movies and TV shows on Prime Video, and provides cloud-computing infrastructure through Amazon Web Services, Amazon also created the Kindle, Fire TV, and Echo devices, as well as the Alexa voice recognition service. Bezos was named Time magazine's Person of the Year in 1999, He has owned the Washington Post since 2013. 
The artist Robert McCurdy, who based this portrait on a photograph of Bezos, worked over a period of eighteen months to portray the subject in such meticulous detail. -- NPG

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