Chen Yanning (b.1945)  Portrait of the English Actress Rula Lenska
Lot 808
Chen Yanning (b.1945) Portrait of the English Actress Rula Lenska
HK$ 500,000 - 700,000
US$ 65,000 - 90,000

Lot Details
Chen Yanning (b.1945)  Portrait of the English Actress Rula Lenska
Chen Yanning (b.1945)
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).

Footnotes

  • 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.

    拍品編號808〈英國演員瑞拉・樂思卡肖像〉和拍品編號809〈英國演員珍・愛舍肖像〉,這兩幅油畫皆為藝術家參加1991年英國全國性大賽「女士肖像布面畫作競賽」的獲獎作品。該競賽由英國藝術家聯合會與女裝零售商Alexon集團聯合主辦,當時一共邀請了六位藝術家分別創作六位英國成功女士的肖像,陳衍寧原本被邀請創作瑞拉・樂思卡的肖像,後來由於另一位獲邀藝術家所提交的試作「令人失望」,陳衍寧又再被邀請創作珍・愛舍的肖像。這次參賽的成功,在陳衍寧顯著的藝術生涯當中,被視為其早期的突出成就之一,將陳衍寧的藝術成功推向了當代中國寫實主義的最前沿。

    這些畫作,自1991年後一直為Alexon集團所擁有並存放在英國貝德福德郡,其間曾在著名的倫敦Mall Gallery展出,並作為特輯刊登於《時尚雜誌》的副刊當中。

    之後,這兩幅畫作由英國現藏家於私人拍賣會購得。

    英國演員瑞拉・樂思卡, 1947年出生,以其電影、電視、廣播作品而出名,曾參演電視連續劇《Special Branch》、《Footballers' Wives》、《To the Manor Born》、《Doctors and East Enders》等。她還參演BBC的旅遊節目,並主播《The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy》等廣播節目。
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