Yan Pei-Ming
Chinese, born 1960
High auction record
£1m, Christie's, 2008
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Installment 4: Chinese Artists at the Fondation Louis Vuitton,
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Art on Stage. MAXXI, Museum of 21st Century Art,
Fundación Proa
Jing Shen - The act of painting in contemporary China,
Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea (PAC)

Fusing the Western tradition of portrait painting with China’s cultural history, Yan Pei-Ming creates large-scale works depicting real and imaginary people. Yan’s portraits, typically mono- or bi-chromatic, often verge on abstraction, with broad, patterned brushstrokes and drips of paint. He is perhaps best known for his monumental self-portraits, including Double (Selfportrait at the Morgue) (2006), a watercolor of the artist as a dead man, as well as his eight-foot-tall portraits of Mao Zedong, Bruce Lee, and his father.

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