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Zeng Pu (Chinese)
LOT ID: 56916
Heart Series, No. 0, 2011

Oil, on canvas
14.17 х 11 in. (35.99 x 27.94 cm.)
Signed, and dated in oil paint.
Lot description
"Heart, No. 0" (2011) is an oil painting by emerging sensation, Chinese Contemporary artist Zeng Pu. This work belongs to his ongoing 'Heart' series of small-scale figurative paintings begun in 2010 that depict the eclectic entourage of the Contemporary Chinese art-scene, found Internet imagery and the artist's own fantasies. A Contemporary young woman, wears smart tortoiseshell framed glasses, red painted fingernails and her short hair in curls as she exhales smoke that slowly wafts upwards in a pose as dancing. As with all of Zeng's 'Heart' Series paintings, she is painted out of context against a pale background, transforming her into an apparition, as from a dream or memory. In turn, Zeng paints her portrait at the very bottom of this strictly vertical composition, leaving most of the canvas empty, as if she is an apparition about to slip from view. Zeng's fluid and immediate, gestural use of paint, intentionally blurs the sitter, so that when viewed up-close she becomes a loose and abstracted pools of color, yet when viewed at a distance, her personality and individuality emerge.

Zeng Pu (B. 1982 Born: Xichang, Sichuan, China) is a rising star in Chinese Contemporary art, known for his stunning oil paintings from his already iconic "Heart" Series are based on the young people he meets in the art-scene, views on-line, or occupy his own thoughts and fantasies. Zeng creates many small oil paintings in this Series in the course of a year, using the canvas as daily diary to immediately capture a vision, a thought, or a memory. The paintings in his Heart Series are small format, this being one of the largest, thus they tend to be exhibited in groups, creating a narrative and dialogue between works themselves.

Considered one of the leading emerging artists from amongst the youngest generation of painters in China, Zeng Pu has already been the subject of an impressive roster of Museums 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.
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