Tony Blair: National Portrait Gallery's 'mad eyes' picture
Portrait of former PM shows 'uncompromising' gaze says curator, but reactions from public are mixed
A CONFRONTING painting of former PM Tony Blair has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.
The picture, which measures 4ft by 3ft was painted by artist Alastair Adams. He began work on the portrait two years ago by conducting "several sitting's at Mr Blair's home", ITV reports.
Curator Sarah Howgate told ITV: "The direct gaze of the sitter is uncompromising but also reflects his [Blair's] considerable skill as a negotiator on the world stage. The gallery is now able to represent Tony Blair with a portrait consonant with the personality of an individual who has considerably shaped the political, economic and cultural climate of Britain."
Reactions to the portrait on social media were mixed. A user posting as Becky Barnicoat tweeted: "Looks like a caricature. The mad eyes and pointy ears are pure Steve Bell."
But Kevin Kane tweeted that Adams' work was "a great painting" regardless of "your politics". ·