Audrey Hepburn , 2017
Oil on Canvas, 150 x 150 cm
About the artwork
Ren Zhen Yu presents a captivating tribute to the legendary actress Audrey Hepburn with this vibrant painting. The actress looks directly at the viewer, with her gaze drawing them into the work. The artist displays his skilful use of colour in this painting, mixing both warm and cool toned colours to create a vibrant visual contrast. His quick brushstrokes generate a sense of thrilling energy, that is reinforced by the warmth of the red background, conveying Audrey’s vivacious spirit to viewers. The artist immortalises the vibrant spirit of a brilliant actress and humanitarian, and creates this befitting tribute through his unique artistic vision and technique.
About the artist
Born in Tianjin in 1976, Ren Zhenyu graduated in 1999 from the Oil Painting Department at Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, where he currently works as a lecturer. His talent was recognized and appreciated by renowned galleries and distinguished collectors throughout China, and he achieved fame in Europe through his distinct portrait series of historical and political icons, such as Andy Warhol and Chairman Mao. In his works, Ren plays with a wide spectrum of colours that are juxtaposed to create a unique expressionist interpretation of famous faces and experiments with texture and layering built on to reinforce the portrayal of faces from different perspectives.