Malala Yousafzai portrait by Jonathan Yeo sells for $82,000

by Rachel Baker on May 16, 2014

This is a feel good story that should be inspiring to others – for no other reason than Malala is pretty inspiring.

The artwork by British artist Jonathan Yeo was originally hung in the National Portrait Gallery in London last year.

Proceeds from the sale, which totalled $102,500 (£62,000) including buyer’s premium, will go to the Malala Fund.

The painting formed part of Yeo’s portraits of well-known figures at the National Portrait Gallery, which also included actors Kevin Spacey and Sienna Miller.

‘Shocked and saddened’

The artist said he wanted the portrait to capture “this extraordinary dichotomy” of someone with “enormous power and wisdom” but also someone who is still very young.

“Her birth instinct isn’t self-pity but rather what else she could do to help other girls in her position,” he said.

He added he depicted the schoolgirl doing homework to reflect the irony that “the simple everyday thing she’s doing was what created the cataclysmic change in her life that nearly killed her”.

The Malala Fund said sale proceeds would be given to Nigerian charities focused on education and advocacy for women and girls in the wake of the kidnapping of more than 250 girls by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram.

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