This is my painting copy of the famous work “Green Lady (Chinese Girl)” by the 20th century Russian-born painter Vladimir Tretchikoff. It’s an image I grew up with as so many people had a print of this on their living room walls during the 1960s and 1970s – it was one of the best selling art prints of the last century. Tretchikoff painted it in 1952 when the model, South African Monika Sing Lee was about 17 years old. She had never thought of herself as beautiful because of the racist remarks she endured in a society riddled with Apartheid and sadly never benefitted from the sale of millions of prints of the painting. She earned just £6 for sitting for the portrait. Tretchikoff was self-taught and his work was incredibly popular with the public, but earned him the title “The King Of Kitsch” from the art establishment. He sold so many reproductions of his works that he was reckoned to be the second richest artist of his time after Pablo Picasso.
I painted this copy during one of painter Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club sessions on Facebook. Ed started the weekly club to give people something to do when the Covid19 lockdown started in March 2020 and it’s been so popular that it’s still carrying on. I used Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto stretched canvas. I found this one of the easier “fakes” over the past 18 months, the composition is fairly simple and the brushwork isn’t complex, unlike some of the other painters I’ve studied. The colours in her face are beautiful, such a range of tones and hues. I used a copper metallic paint in places to give her skin an iridescent sheen.
I’ve decided to sell this to raise money for LATCH: The Children’s Cancer Charity that has supported my young nephew and our family through the past few years. It’s an amazing charity and a cause very close to my heart. Please click on the photo below if you’d like to see more of this, including a time lapse film of me painting it, and the other paintings I’ve put up for sale to support LATCH.
LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser
I’ve been painting these ‘fakes’ with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook since lockdown started in Spring 2020. I’m selling some of them to raise funds for this lovely charity which has given so much support to my young relative over the past few years.
If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page. Thanks xxx