Kevin Spacey as President Underwood

Oil on Canvas

183cm x 183cm



“This collaboration with Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Yeo and the museum has resulted in a work that depicts the actor in a compelling role.  We were captivated by Jonathan’s bold idea to depict Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, which also reflects the changing way in which people consume media. Now ‘binge-watching’ television drama has put control into the hands of the consumers who can watch their favourite shows at their leisure.  Not only does it reflect the impact of popular contemporary culture on America’s story but it also exemplifies the fine art tradition of actors portrayed in their roles.”   

Kim Sajet, Director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, 2016. 


Further information: 

Smithsonian unveiling of Kevin Spacey as President F. Underwood

Introduction by Kevin Spacey to 'In The Flesh'

Netflix film of unveiling

BBC Radio 4 - Front Row 

The Guardian