Yan Pei-Ming’s Portrait of Prince Charles To Raise Funds For Charity
THE FIRST EVER PORTRAIT OF HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES BY A CHINESE ARTIST TO BE AUCTIONED FOR CHARITY AT SOTHEBY’S LONDON
LONDON, UK. Images released by Sotheby’s today reveal the first ever portrait of HRH the Prince of Wales by a Chinese artist. The portrait, by the renowned contemporary painter, Yan Pei-Ming, is estimated to raise £200,000-300,000 for charity at a Gala Evening and Auction at Sotheby’s on Wednesday 16th October 2013 during Frieze week. Funds raised will be split between The Prince’s Drawing School and the Mimi Foundation; a charity founded in 2004 by influential collector and supporter of young Chinese artists, Myriam Ullens, after her own experience with cancer. The charity operates wellness centres for patients across Switzerland, France and Belgium, and aims to expand its activities across Europe. The Prince’s Drawing School was founded by The Prince of Wales and aims to raise the standard and profile of drawing through teaching and practise. It is one of only a few institutions in the world offering in-depth, quality tuition for those who wish to develop their observational drawing skills.
Born in Shanghai in 1960, Yan Pei-Ming has gained international recognition for his large-sized, monochromatic portraits. His subjects, which range from historical figures, political leaders, and celebrities to anonymous soldiers, prisoners, orphans, as well as the artist himself, are typically presented face-on, with bold and expressive brushwork. The Prince of Wales did not sit for the portrait; instead it was painted using photographs to obtain the likeness. The artist’s fluid yet precise technique and his use of shallow pictorial space combine to create iconic, monumental, and psychologically charged works. Yan Pei-Ming’s works are represented in museum collections worldwide, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and the Shanghai Art Museum.
Yan Pei-Ming said:
The portrait will be offered alongside 38 other major new and important works donated by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists including Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Andreas Gursky, Sterling Ruby, Liu Xiaodong, Ryan Trecartin, Farhad Moshiri, Yang Shaobin, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Zhan Wang, who have pledged their support for those who are living through the challenges of cancer treatment by offering works, many created specially for the occasion. Proceeds from the sale are expected to raise in excess of £1 million.
Myriam Ullens, Founder, The Mimi Foundation, said;
The Mimi Foundation
The Mimi Foundation was founded in 2004 by Baroness Myriam Ullens, as a result of her own experience with cancer. The charity’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer, more specifically during the entire period of their chemotherapy/ radiotherapy treatment. The Foundation installs and manages wellness centres within hospital wards, offering a wide variety of mental and physical therapies to help patients fight the disease on all fronts. Therapists work alongside a patient’s doctor to help devise a wellness plan. All treatments are completely free. The centres themselves are designed to offer a haven within the hospital, an escape from the challenges of daily life and the opportunity to meet other patients and seek advice.
The Mimi Foundation helps cancer patients face the disease and its effects with more serenity, building confidence, easing suffering and pain, with the ultimate aim to inspire hope. The charity receives private and corporate donations, and organises a number of fundraising events across Europe annually. This is the first time the Mimi Foundation has organised a charity auction.
Myriam Ullens de Schooten
Myriam Ullens, along with her husband Baron Guy Ullens, is widely recognised as one of the most important collectors of contemporary art. The couple have devoted much of their lives to philanthropic activity and together they maintain a series of projects in Nepal including orphanages, child-nutrition centers and the Ullens School. The Ullens’ deep affection for China led them to build one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Chinese art, and in turn establish the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, an art center that promotes artistic development in the region.
The Prince’s Drawing School
The aim of the Prince’s Drawing School is to raise the standard and profile of drawing through teaching and practise. It is one of only a few institutions in the world offering in-depth, quality tuition for those who wish to develop their observational drawing skills.
The School, founded by The Prince of Wales, is based on the top floor of a converted warehouse in Shoreditch, Hackney, an area rich in galleries and design studios.
Because the School believes in drawing in the studio, drawing London and drawing from art, we hold classes in our studios and offer many classes in museums, unusual venues and out and about in London. We believe we are the only arts institution in London with such a varied number of collaborators allowing us to offer this rich mix of opportunities to draw.
As well as a Postgraduate Programme, the School runs a Public Programme- a broad range of affordable courses designed for both professional artists and other interested adults. Drawing instruction is delivered by distinguished artists and teachers from leading institutions including The Royal Academy, The Royal College of Art and The Slade. Over 3,000 students have attended classes since 2000; there are over 130 alumni of the Postgraduate Programme.
The School is also committed to making it possible for deserving children to achieve their potential. The School provides serious, sustained tuition and mentoring, for children age 10–14 through our Young Artists Programme.
The Prince’s Charities is a group of not-for-profit organizations of which The Prince of Wales is President: 16 of the 17 charities were founded personally by The Prince. The group is the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the United Kingdom, raising over £110 million annually. The organizations are active across a broad range of areas including opportunity and enterprise, the built environment, responsible business, education and health. The charities reflect The Prince of Wales’s long-term and innovative perspective and seek to address areas of previously unmet need. To find out more visit The Prince’s Charities Community website.
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