Portrait of the English Actress Rula Lenska Oil on canvas, framed Signed Chen Yanning in English Dated 1991 100.5cm x 120.5cm (39½in x 47½in).
Provenance: Collection of Alexon Group, United Kingdom Private Collection, Bedfordshire
陳衍寧 英國演員瑞拉・樂思卡肖像 油彩畫布 木框 一九九一年作
簽名：CHEN YANNING 1991.5
來源： 英國女裝零售商Alexon集團收藏 英國貝德福德私人收藏
'Portrait of the English Actress Rula Lenska' (Lot 808) and 'Portrait of the English Actress Jane Asher' (Lot 809) were commissioned jointly by the British Federation of Artists and Alexon Group in the 'Women on Canvas Portrait Painting Competition' in 1991. Six selected painters were asked to portray six different successful British women subjects in this national portrait competition, and Chen Yanning emerged as the winner.
Initially tasked to portray Rula Lenska, Chen was later commissioned to paint Jane Asher as well, due to a "disappointing" attempt by one of the other artists involved.
This marked one of Chen's first successes in a notable career which has seen him at the forefront of contemporary Chinese Realism.
The paintings had remained with the Bedfordshire-based clothing company since 1991 and were exhibited at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. They were also featured in a special Vogue Magazine supplement at the time.
The current British collector acquired both works through private auction.
English actress Rula Lenska (b.1947) is known for her work in film, television and radio. She has appeared in television series such as Special Branch, Footballers' Wives, To the Manor Born and Doctors and EastEnders. She has also presented travel programmes for the BBC and can be heard in several radio series such as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.