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Zeng Pu (Chinese)
LOT ID: 66372
Heart, No. 69, 2011

Oil, on canvas
15.75 х 11.8 in. (40.01 x 29.97 cm.)
Signed, and dated.
Lot description
"Heart, No. 69" (2011) belongs to the ongoing 'Heart' series of small-scale figurative oil paintings by emerging Chinese artist Zeng Pu, begun in 2009. This stunning portrait depicts a young woman in a close-up portrait, looking side-wards off towards an event or person outside of the picture plane, wearing bright, multi-colored striped woolen gloves, that she holds up to her face to cover her mouth. This portrait is visually arresting and painted at the largest scale (40 x 30cm) of any of Zeng's 'Heart Series ' paintings.
Heightening the level of surrealism, Zeng paints his subject against an ethereal white background, totally out of context, further transforming the figure into an apparition, as if a snapshot from a dream or memory. Zeng's gestural and fluid use of oil paint here is at its best, intentionally blurs all details so that when viewed up-close the facial features and colors of the gloves become nearly abstracted into swirls and pools of color, yet when viewed at a distance, the dynamism and composition of this portrait resonates.

Zeng Pu (B. 1982 Born: Xichang, Sichuan, China) is a rising star in Chinese Contemporary art, and has already been the featured in an impressive roster of Museum exhibitions, including the Duolun Art Museum, Shanghai, China, The Macao Museum, The Nanjing Museum, and The Sichuan Art Museum amongst others. He graduated in 2004 from the Chengdu Fine Art Academy of Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Sichuan, China with an Undergraduate Degree in Painting and in 2007 graduated from Chengdu Fine Art Academy of Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Sichuan, China with an Advanced Degree Oil Painting. He currently lives and works in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. In 2011 his Heart Series paintings were part of the“New Stars Art Festival”, Touring Museum Exhibition that traveled to Changsha, Shenzhen and Shanghai, China and his solo exhibition “Zeng Pu” held at The China International Gallery Expo (CIGE). Beijing, China also in 2011 was met with critical acclaim. The artist lives and works in China.
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