Michael Jackson (麦克尔 杰克逊)
Oil on Canvas, 150 x 150 cm
About the artwork
Michael Jackson is one of the most beloved pop star in the 20th century. His contributions to music, dance and-and fashion made him a global figure in popular culture, inspiring and gratifying countless people of that generation. Ren paints a portrait of the pop star in his unique impasto-abstract expressionistic style to create a new attitude. Vibrant, bright red hues are the predominant colours daubing over the portrait, with dashes of vivid green dwelling to in a striking contrast. Red is quintessential to this refreshing portrayal of MJ’s alluring gaze, being the colour associated with determination, passion, desire, and love. Meanwhile, green bespeaks life, energy, and harmony, just like the music MJ have exhilarated people with, and will continue to do so as his legacy carries on for generations.
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.