Another Portrait No. 11, 2007
Oil on Canvas, 90 x 100 cm
About the artwork
Ren Zhen Yu's skilful technique involves the use of textures, thick layers of paint trails and splatters, spontaneous patterns and dynamic movement - all of which transform into the depiction of a realistic figure by expanding the space that the form exists in. In Another Portrait No. 11, he expresses movement in a frozen frame - time is suspended and the surface of the canvas becomes a vivid representation of layers of the past accumulated on top of each other. The artist unleashes a flurry of brushstrokes, which allow the figure to dissolve in and out of the space. With the loss of defined characteristics, Ren freely communicates a feeling, expression and thought.
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.