Born in Ennis, Co. Clare, Gerard Jefferson-Lewis (b.1966) graduated from Birkbeck College, London in 1994. In 1999 he trained as a photojournalist. Following a period living in Paris, he returned to London in 2005, and completed a Master of Arts degree with Merit at the University of West London. From 2008 to 2015 he undertook a practice-led research degree in portraiture at Edinburgh College of Art. Jefferson-Lewis’s work is held in the permanent collection at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, where he most recently exhibited as part of Looking Good. The Male Gaze from Van Dyke to Lucien Freud.