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John Cleese Portrait Released

John Cleese - new portrait released

John Cleese is one of the most iconic figures in British entertainment. In a stellar career as an actor, writer and comedian, he has been responsible for creating some of the most memorable and ground-breaking series in the history of British comedy. Few performers will achieve the status of John Cleese and perhaps none will be as loved by the public.

But who is the real John Cleese? His books with the psychotherapist Robin Skinner suggest that his life, like all lives, has its losses and its turbulence and it is this complexity that Lincoln Townley’s portrait conveys. We feel we know John Cleese and the openness of his eyes draws into the familiarity of his face but the name, stretched the length of the canvas, like all masks, hides as much as it reveals.