Ren Zhen Yu

Lucian Freud -你是我的想象11, 2012
Oil on Canvas, 150 x 150 cm

USD 12,600 – 17,900

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About the artwork

Ren paints a portrait of Lucian Freud, a renowned artist of the 20th century known for his portraits. The title ‘你是我的想象’, ‘you are my imagination’, shows the artist’s candid admiration of Lucian Freud as painters of the same genre. Ren references a famous photograph of Freud in black and white, bringing a new perspective and identity to the master painter with his vibrant style, and incorporating a mix of warm and cool tone colours to create a captivating visual contrast. Ren presents the world with a contemporary and emotional experience, presenting a different perspective of this iconic figure through his abstract expressionist techniques, that leave the viewer with further thoughts to ponder



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. 

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