British artist Jonathan Yeo is highly regarded for his oil portraits of celebrities, including Nicole Kidman, Cara Delevingne, and Dennis Hopper – even David Cameron and members of the Royal family.

But his new UK exhibition at the Bowes Museum looks to explore the story behind one’s complexion and society’s love affair with cosmetic surgery, through the classical medium of oil paint. The result is a striking series juxtaposing a classical medium with a new cult – aptly named ‘Surgery Series’.

Whether it be a rhytidectomy or extended SMAS facelift, Jonathan’s paintings explore our quest for physical perfection, and the current cosmetic surgery cult with his Skin Deep exhibition.