Ren Zhen Yu

Mr Bean, 2009
Oil on Canvas, 150 x 150 cm

USD 13,000 – 18,600

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About the artwork

In this work, Ren paints a portrait of Mr. Bean, a fictional character popularized by Rowan Atkinson in the lovable British Sitcom of the same title. Ren created this painting as a tribute to the character and his significant influence on popular culture, that still remains today. Ren’s unique artistic style that incorporates vivid colours complements the eccentric and hilarious character of Mr. Bean, capturing his personality in a new form of portraiture. Viewers of all age groups love this goofy figure despite him being fictional, demonstrating how he has equal charismatic appeal to that of the valued political leaders and artists Ren typically depicts.

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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