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Li Rui (Chinese, b.1984)
LOT ID: 70251
Neighbor No. 1, 2007

Oil, on canvas
39.37 х 39.37 in. (100 x 100 cm.)
Signed, on the back of the painting.
Lot description
"Neighbor No. 1" (2007) is a stunning realist oil painting, easily mistaken for a photograph, by famed young Chinese Contemporary artist, Li Rui, who has become internationally acclaimed for his incredible realist painting style as well as his unique subject matter. The artist's iconic paintings of bird's nests filled with colored eggs that are presented to the viewer from an ironic "birds-eye" perspective, belong to his so-called "Neighbor" series. This painting is especially significant as it is the very first painting that the artist created in this Series, clearly underscored by the title. Li paints these nests as if they were houses in suburbia or a city, pressed close together within the confines of a deep, white box, literally making the colored eggs that rest in each nest into neighbors. The presence of other objects within the box, such as the white paper note and the golden ginkgo leaves scattered upon the base of the box, add surreal touches to the composition and also serve to heighten the sense of space and depth. Li's "Neighbor" paintings are his most sought-after works, and rarely come to the secondary market. This painting is exceptionally large, measuring 39.37 x 39.37 inches unframed and is in excellent condition. The work is signed on the back of the canvas.

Li Rui (China, B. 1984) has exhibited his paintings at the top galleries and museum venues world-wide, including Long March Space, Beijing, China and Goedhuis Gallery, New York. Notable exhibitions include his solo exhibition in 2008: "Egg and Bones", Goedhuis Contemporary, NY, US; his museum show in May, 2011: "Pure Moments", Today Art Museum, Beijing, China and at present 30 June - 26 august 2012 "closet (6 solos): Li Rui, Christophe Demaitre, Deng Yu, Liu Bolin, Zane Mellupe, Sergey Balovin", at ifa gallery, Shanghai, China.
Neighbor No. 1 by Li Rui
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