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"Li is an Actress" (2012) is an exciting large-scale oil painting from the renowned "Zen" series by emerging Chinese Contemporary artist An Kun. This beautiful young girl set against a surreal monochromatic background is the epitome of the new generation of the affluent Contemporary Chinese woman, with modern dress and accessories of jewelry a ball cap. Included is an obediently sitting dog, which is displayed as an ornament rather than a hunting dog, depicting the themes of consumption and social class. Here, the figure is painted with a rifle flung over her shoulder, expressing overall themes of the redefined feminine yet fearless women of China. This painting measures 59 x 47.25 inches (150 x 120 cm) is unframed and in excellent condition.

An Kun was born in 1968 and graduated with degrees in Painting from The Su Zhou Crafts and Fine Arts Institute, Jiang Su, China and from The Oil Painting Department of The China Central Fine Arts Academy. His 'Zen' series of oil paintings tend to focus on surreal female figures in different contexts, with his cast of characters coming from his own imagination as well as sourced imagery from living in China during the Cultural revolution. In turn, his paintings often conflate the desire of young women to be a part of the global Contemporary community yet unknowingly hold on to elements of China's past. The artist is most widely recognized and collected in the East, where his high-end Private and Corporate Collector base is well-defined. He has been included in prestigious Museum and Art Fairs such as, The Songzhung Art Museum, Beijing, China; The Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China; "Songzhuang Artists Invitation Exhibition", Art Warehouse Gallery, Beijing, China amongst many others.

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Provenance:
  • The Studio of the Artist. Present Collection, China.
  • Pickup Location: China
  • Shipping Dimensions: 59 x 47.25 in. (149.86 x 120.02 cm.)
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